Quote: Originally Posted by Dave Atkin
Windows Home Server 2011 isnt an option if its for a business network.
Windows SBS 2011 is very easy to configure - There is however a limitation of 75 Users for SBS.
Ideally, I think you would need a Windows 2008 Server - If you're not familier with Windows and Active Directory you will probably struggle to configure it correctly. If you are going to mapp drives over the internet then it maybe a good idea to get another Server for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server).
There are alot of things that you need to think about. Some are:
Do they have an existing setup or is it brand new?
How much file space is needed?
Do you need Exchange Server or another email program?
Do you need a Terminal Server or VPNs?
Backups - How are you going to backup?
Do you need a seperate Server for a File-Server?
Do you need secondary Domain controllers for resilience?
My suggestion is that you get an IT consultant to assess your situation and recommend a solution for you. If you dont have a basic understanding of Active Directory and Networking then you are going to seriously struggle.
Do they have an existing setup or is it brand new? New
How much file space is needed? 1-2 tb
Do you need Exchange Server or another email program? no
Do you need a Terminal Server or VPNs? I was thinking VPN for security
Backups - How are you going to backup? Raid 5 should be enough
Do you need a seperate Server for a File-Server? Looking to use this as a file server
Do you need secondary Domain controllers for resilience? Na
Talking to one guy today saying that VPN with a NAS would be the way to go for my situation. The point of this is to add a very simple to use network drive so me and my colleagues can share files easily.
I broke down what I am really looking for in my setup.
ability to control who can access it over the Internet
allow secure connection to it
allow the drive to be mapped like a network drive
ability to raid 5
no email, http access required
ability so assign permissions to certain users per folder (Dictate who can read/write/map certain folder)
maximum of 25 users online simultaneously
Things i would like:
allow access for windows, linux and possible mac user