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Small Business Network Question

by clockworkgooner / February 18, 2007 8:22 AM PST

I am planning on setting up a small business network, with Either T1 or DSL and 3 desktops and one server/psuedoserver , my quandry is do I really need a dedicated windows 2003 server If all that I want to do for the users to have internet access and to be able to do some file storage , nothing complicated.

Would I be better off going with a Psuedo server , mirrored harddrives and Win XP Pro.?. I was planning on backing up to USB external harddrives , rather then the expensive magnetic tape option

What are the pro's and cons of using a pseudo server.?.

If I do use a psuedo server can I still remote in using a vpn from home.?.

I can obviously route all of the internet traffic through the server , in this situation with 3 desktops and a server would I be better off not to route all of the internet traffic via the server.?.

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Sounds dangerous to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2007 8:32 AM PST

To route all traffic thru that server means you'll expose it to all the nasties. A simpler system of router to provide the internet and some server is more mainstream and keeps that server out of the line of fire.

I don't need Windows for servers but use Linux instead. This saves me on other costs as well.

As to VPN, a VPN router can help.


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Thanks Bob.
by clockworkgooner / February 18, 2007 9:36 AM PST

I take it that there are no major compaibility issues with Linux and Windows XP.?.Will it be safe to run Linux on the server and Windows Xp on the other network computers.

Does Linux have a program that can schedule server backups to external storage mediums.?.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2007 10:16 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Bob.

I don't duplicate ready web content about this. But the answer is yes.


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