With 25 desktops, 5 notebooks, 2 servers and more, I'm surprised that Dell didn't suggest an OS.
Here's my thought. SBS has always been a downsized "push the button" OS. If you ever intend to do VPN, add more than a handful of users then I'd never entertain SBS.
Another glitch I see is that you may expect VPN to be something easy to do. We have not reached the point of OS evolution where we uncrate the box, plug it in and get a cold one in a few hours like a refrigerator. You may be very unhappy to have to take a class, buy a book on 2003 or even get an IT staff.
We have a plan to purchase a couple of new servers, Power Edge Series from DELL.
Because we are going to setup a VPN between offices so we should have a server at each location.
I still can not choose the right operating system for our VPN... By the way, one of my friends told me that Windows Server 2003 Standard Editions was the best for our Virtual Private Network. However still I can not forget all about Windows Small Business Server 2003. I am wondering whether OS is best for our VPN!? Please tell us which better!
The number of servers in our small business offices are more than 5. We are going to install Windows 2003 server onto three VPN servers. We are going to install Windows 2000 server onto one domain controller, and one File/Print server at least.
I think..., a single processor should be more than adequate. The number of desktops in our small business offices are 30.
I am thinking of Open License Business.
What do you think about it?
We are going to purchase desktops and notebooks from DELL, too. Windows XP professional have already been installed, haven't they? So we do not need to worry about our 25 new desktops and 5 notebooks..., do we?
Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!