I am not a system administrator by profession - I am a developer - but I am interested in learning more about the IT side of things. I have been asked to setup a network for my Dad's business that has the following requirements:
- 2 locations (both have broadband internet with a max of 512kbps upload but can be upgraded to 1000kbps if required)
- 6 or 7 users at one location and 2 or 3 users at the other location
- No requirements for internal email
- Need to share files between the two sites - mostly documents, access database files and proprietary data files for accounting software
Most existing PC's are Windows Vista Business. The current server is basically used as a file server and is a normal PC running Windows XP Professional.
My thoughts were:
- Two servers running Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition (one server at each site)
- Use DFS-R to synchronise the required folders between the two sites. Multiple users accessing the same file at the same time may be an issue.
- Reinstall the OS on all workstations to a reasonably consistent starting point (most hardware is identical)
- Each workstation has their own printer so printer sharing is not required but may be used in the future.
Since I am not a system administrator I am looking for recommendations or suggestions on how best to implement this server/network.
We have no existing Windows Server infrastructure but we are looking to replace the existing server (which is basically just a PC).