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I support a very small firm of accountants  running an SBS 2008 server with six local desktops running a mixture of XPP and 7 Ultimate PCs. Additionally a Server 2003 is attached to the network with 2 XPP VMs that 2 of their clients connect in to, to view their accounts.

They have just upgraded to Symantec System Recovery 2013 to clone the server on a nightly basis(switching the USB backup drives daily).  

I will be discussing their future DR/IT plans with them, and reviewing cloud back ups, but feel a full server back up (60GB) would take too long. Their broadband is currently 12MB down, 1.5MB up.  

I received an email with their ideas today.

•      They started using Exchange Server 12 years ago in order to use Outlook to manage e-mails, tasks and calendars on a personal basis so each of them could book appointments send mail and tasks for each other. Apart from Exchange Server/SBS2008 managing their mail and outlook calendars/tasks etc. they feel they do not really use the server in any other way than as a simple file server.
•      They want to move to Office365 to manage E-mail, Calendars and Tasks in a cloud portable way. They believe this  would allow them to ditch Server 2008, and running one of the Win 7 PCs as a workstation come file server with a dedicated drive fitted for that purpose.
•      They want to use a licenced version of Team Viewer for remote access to the File Server/Drive and to access their own workstations remotely, this could also be used by the 2 clients connecting to the VMs. They are reliably informed that Team Viewer is far more stable and faster. It would also act as a means of transfers to offsite systems.
•      For the last few weeks one of them have been using Good Sync to keep a synchronised copy of Accounts Data on the Server it takes about 5 to 10sec to run an analysis and do that each time. He has also been using it to keep it a direct synced copy from his C-Drive Accounts Folder to an offsite PC  this takes about 5mins each time.

My immediate thoughts are forgot ditching the SBS 2008, which has another 3 or 4 years left in it and will work more efficiently than a Win 7 PC.
I think the idea of Office 365 is good, but am still a wee bit wary of having everything cloud based and would ideally prefer a server based solution with cloud backups.
IMHO the free version of Teamvieweris very slow (4MB per minute) and crashes on big files. Anyone know if the full version is that much better?
Is GoodSych good for larger transfers from A to B (say 200MB)?

Any help/advice woulg be greatly appreciated.
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We have moved several clients to Office 365 and it works fine for email, SharePoint and Lync. If the server still has life in it they get the advantage of having a domain controller to control file permissions and access to the workstations. You would think security would be a consideration in an accounting office with sensitive financial data. Do they use the SBS 2008 box for remote web workplace access to their desktops? That will save them having to use TeamViewer. I say keep the SBS and do offsite backups to Mozy or Carbonite. I'd recommend an enterprise level company but it sounds like they are cheap. That way they don't have to worry about backups or syncing at all. Don't be shy about telling them their ideas are bad. That is what they pay you for.
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Thanks, I agree on the security benefits of a proper server.

Have you found MozyPro etc viable to carry out a server recovery? In the past when I have tested cloud recoveries I found the download time very long and it's far, far quicker to recover from a local drive. Have they improved that much?
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