i have a small network with HP Proliant server and 5 clients.
It runs windows 2000 server on a five year old server pc
I dont need Microsoft exchange as the email runs thru Google apps
I need a new case mangement software program on the clients which stores data on the server and the software company says that the program is not supported by such an old server as windows 2000. Why would this be as it is just a repository for data ( the program itself sits on the clients). Is the management software co just being cautious.
So i got a quote from a separate network company for a new server and they have reccomended Windows foundation server but I liked the look of Windows server 2012
Essentials (which is available as a download but not yet on ready to go machines) which I think would be easier to install myself and maintain.
Essentials is billed by some as being capable of being installed by the "man in the street" to run and maintain his own network server. Foundation is not billed as user friendly for DIY
as my network company ( a different company to the case managment company wants £2900 plus vat at 20% (tax) to install a new HP server (Quad xeons seem to retail at about £600) with Foundation plus £800 per year for maintenance,would it be a good idea to wait for Windows Server Essentials 2012 to be more available ie on ready to buy hardware before upgrading the server.
(in the meantime the case management company says the data for their software can sit on a spare network computer at £400 rather than necessarily sitting on a tradidional server and the data can be transferred easily when I upgrade server should i wish to defer doing that)
Is someone b-s ing me here?