I'm in front of a big IT choice for my little office and I need some advice.
We have 5 users, 1 super user, 1 HP500 DesignJet Plotter, other 4 laser printers, 1 HP Fax/Print/Scan/Copy machine. All the clients are XP Sp3 boxes. We would like to:
- centralize and share 90Gb of files using a Dropbox (this way we will have LAN sync of local working directories + internet backup + access our files wherever we are).
- centralize our plotter, printers and fax machine backup all the workstations
- share outlook calendar and tasks
- run 24x7 saving some energy
Of course this setup It's just the first step to a more serious and creative network management of our office, so we are open to new ideas.
The budget vary from 400€ to 900€, we are not tech gurus but at least one of us is a power user close to become a geek.
I've read some articles on macminicolo about a mac mini either normal or with snow leopard server. I heard about Windows Home Server too on the lifehacker website but I'm in a sort of analysis - paralysis can You help me?