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Adding a File Share server to existing SBS 2003 AD

by jasonttex / December 13, 2011 1:04 AM PST

I'm looking for some advice on an OS for a new file share server. I've
attempted Linux and I must say I'm a bit worried that after the amount
of time I have put in to learning the command line, and my continued
lack of proficiency, it leaves my company in a position where I would be
the only person able to support it.

I have abandoned this idea and am now looking into a SBS solution.

currently have a SBS 2003 box running our AD as well as an internal file
share and a NAS file share. This box is also used as our RADIUS server
for VPN access. I have another box with an Adaptec SAS Raid card and a
12 bay SAS box I am going to use for our storage as well as for backup

I'm looking for suggestions mainly on the OS but also some info on the
CAL's. We currently have 25 user CAL's on the 2003 SBS box. Am I able to
link the two servers and share the CAL's or will I be forced to
purchase additional CAL's for the File Server?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!!

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What I learned later was
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 1:09 AM PST

The time spent on this had us buying more Windows Server licenses because the amount of time the IT person spent on this cost far more than any savings with a free solution.

Since you have one NAS system, why not do that again?

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Few reasons
by jasonttex / December 13, 2011 1:34 AM PST

Well I have a few reasons.

1. We have multiple offices with up to 20 users VPN into the system as well as 20 users in our local office that access the shared resources very frequently. My main concern here is high bandwidth for multiple users and the ability to have multiple RAID arrays setup.

2. I also want to host a FTP on this second machine. I want the FTP physically separate on a different array then our shared files. My 12 disk box gives me the ability to have multiple arrays setup.

3. Scalability. We have massive amounts of archiving we do for our clients, with this setup when I run out of space I simply would add another 12 bay SAS box and daisy chain it off of the original.

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Ahh, Enterprise class!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 1:39 AM PST
In reply to: Few reasons

Companies like IBM, HP, Dell and others have solutions for you. I see what the problem is now. You want a car but are trying to build it yourself.

(change car to server and you see the problem.)

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by jasonttex / December 13, 2011 1:43 AM PST
In reply to: Ahh, Enterprise class!

I have all the HW in place, it's all hanging in my rack at the moment. HW is not my concern.

My concern is the OS. Please see my questions above regarding CAL's and specifically a recommended SBS server type to add on to my current SBS 2003 AD network.

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About CALs
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 1:54 AM PST
In reply to: But...

For that I defer to Microsoft every time. They have more than one answer so my answer is never right. Sorry but they gaffed it.

If you want to ask what I would do, I would go ahead on the FTP server since that's something pretty easy UNLESS you are trying to integrate the user logon and creds with Windows servers.

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No offense
by jasonttex / December 13, 2011 2:13 AM PST
In reply to: About CALs

Bob, but you have been less than helpful. You have mangled my initial post and taken this in the wrong direction. Obviously I can go over to Microsoft Web and read about the 100's of different CAL's, etc....

I was asking for suggestions on the system I am trying to put together here. If you don't have knowledge of the MS SBS CAL's or the multiple SBS versions then you are not helping me.

I do appreciate the effort, please don't get me wrong, but I'm am looking for someone who may have some experience in this situation.

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I have a knowledge of CALS but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2011 7:57 AM PST
In reply to: No offense

Every time I've given an answer, folk will dredge up the other answer at Microsoft. If Microsoft can't have one answer, why would you expect me to get you the answer?

My experience in this area is simple. We get more Windows Servers online. Linux is nice and free but the lost time fiddling with it means we lost sight of our goals.

BUT if you want to run a FTP site, and you can run it without integrating the user accounts with a Windows server then that is something we can do in about 30 minutes.

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