I have a new customer who is wanting to upgrade his systems, both hardware and software.
There are 2 users and 2 elderly PCs with Windows XP and a couple of printers.
No backups have ever been done!
I suggested, first and foremost, a couple of new PCs running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and a recent version of Microsoft Office on each.
They also want to go down the server route, so I suggested a small server with mirrored disks, running something like Windows 2012 Essentials (the chance of them ever going above 25 users is very remote). That would centralise the files and make backup easier, plus, I believe backup images of both of the PCs connected? It would also allow them to connect in remotely to the network from home.
They like the sound of Office 365, as they have PC's at home, and also smartphones. They like the idea that they can install the software on up to 5 devices each.
My questions are;
1) does everything above make sense?
2) How would the above arrangement work? My understanding of Office 365 is that the user has a "cloud" drive, and a local copy of the files they are working on. When they have an internet connection, the files are synced. Going down the server route, there would be a shared folder on the server which the users would access to get their files. Would that shared folder then be synced with the cloud? Would I still need to buy Office 365 for both the users, or do I then only need 1 copy?