I run a small business. It has 5 workstations. We currently use Small Business Server 2003 server. We don’t use Exchange; we use gmail accounts; they work well for us. Small Business Server 2003 is quite old.
Our HP ML150 server is getting old and cranky. It freezes on occasion. The warranty expired long ago and HP will not sell a warranty for it.
The parts of Small Business Server 2003 I like is its ability to authenticate users. I hire temporary workers; I can assign them an account; they use that account and then I can terminate the account.
The other feature I like is Small Business Server 2003 can handle 2 network cards. One card is used for the internal network. The other is used to access the internet.
We don’t use Sql Server.
Since my budget is very tight I was thinking about replacing the server with a refurbished workstation running Windows 7 pro. I can get a decent z210 for about $400. I could run our copy of Small Business Server 2003 on this workstation using Virtualbox. But I figured if the workstation had 2 network cards, how would I get Windows 7 to understand how to use 2 network cards and how to get Small Business Server 2003 to understand the workstation host has 2 network cards in it and, well, I figure I would have all kinds of problems.
Q1.) Since authentication is desired and low cost , what if I loaded something like Turnkey onto the workstation? (see link http://www.turnkeylinux.org/domain-controller
Q2.) How well does this product work ?
Q3.) What problems have you had with this product?
Q4. ) What must be done to configure this product to work with 2 network cards as I do now with Small Business Server 2003?
May be you have a better solution?
Thank you for your help