I am the de-facto IT guy for a small law office. We need a new file server.
- We have 7 users.
- We have 8 PCs throughout the office, running windows 7, 8, and 10, and one OSX machine.
- We have a RICOH copier / scanner that can communicate via SMB.
Our previous "server" was a windows XP machine that RICOH installed. Despite being a PC, it did its job well and so I never felt the need to mess with it.
The XP machine recently reached the end of its life, so we tried upgrading that PC to something from dell that runs windows 8 home. Now there are issues with communicating over the network -- the RICOH machine cannot write via SMB (it can connect and traverse the directory structure), and the other PCs experience intermittent timeouts when trying to read from the server's network share.
The server has only one job: store and host files for the rest of the office.
I don't need bells-and-whistles like different access permissions for different users; everyone can (and should) be able to read/write everything.
What is the right piece of hardware and software to do this job?