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Question on Server configuration

by Papabear5 / January 1, 2009 1:16 PM PST

I am looking for an opinion. I have a small business with three PCs that I network to a server. The Server maintains files, provides a centralized QuickBooks program, and a couple of other programs. Plus we access it from the internet (limited to business personal) as an FTP server (via DNS4Me) to get files while not in the office. We are replacing the server and just wanted something small and inexpensive to handle the job. I was just going to buy an Acer Aspire X1200-B1601A Desktop PC - AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz, 3GB DDR2, 320GB, DVDRW/RAM with Vista Home Premium 64-bit and wanted to know if anyone thought if this operating system would work or if I would need to upgrade (if possible) to Vista Business? Any pros or cons about this configuration?

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Hey, that's me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2009 4:18 AM PST

I have this workhorse machine running Vista Home Premium 32 bit to develop on. I purposely used the OS that the machine came with and am running Visual Studio 2008 and more.

Since you have less than 5 shares you should be just fine. If you start increasing over 5 sharing connections watch out for that limit.

It took time to shake down Vista till it stopped bugging me with popups about the connections to allow/deny across the internet but it's working fine now.

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definitely go with vista business or ultimate
by ramarc / January 3, 2009 2:19 AM PST

so you'll have better control over user/file permissions, remote access capability, and built-in backup. most stores have specials so you can upgrade any vista PC to ultimate for $90 or less... you usually have to pay full price ($250) to replace premium with business.

as for the hardware, it's fine. remember that today's basic dual core pc is bigger/faster than most "servers" from 5 years ago.

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