Questions tagged [small-business]

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Should I buy server or build it? [closed]

I need a server for a small company with about 20 people. The server will be used as a fileserver for many MS Office files simultaneously. I tried to look at complete servers but I don't like any of ...
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Small office network, heavy data transfers

I work on a iOS based software house and we recently moved office. We now have 10 iMacs, a couple of time-machines and 15 between iPhones/iPads. The requirements we have are the following: - Wired ...
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Connect and Configure 3 Powerconnect 5424 Switches with existing Powerconnect 2342 Switches

I have zero experience with managed switches and want to make sure I understand how I need to proceed with our upgrade. I have been doing a ton of research and reading trying to get up to speed. I ...
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What do I need to know my own small web hosting company?

I want to make my own company for web hosting services. I plan to provide just shared web hosting. In the future I may extend my business to VPS. At first I just want to provide Linux hosting, in the ...
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How to tune down the Hyperic built-in postgresql database for a small setup

We are testing out Hyperic 4.5.1 in a quite small environment for now. Currently there are just 1-5 agents and there probably won't be any more than 10-15. When I run ps ax there are 20(!) postgres ...
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Are Cisco Catalyst 2950 switches ok for small business use?

My current place of employment is a very small print shop with average home networking equipment. I have a spare switch I could give them, but I don't want to hand them a ticking timebomb at the same ...
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Question on backups for a very small business

I work in a very small print shop that has 3 servers and 7 client workstations. Considering the size of the company, I am trying to implement a reasonable backup/recovery plan. The problem is the ...
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Do I really need WSUS?

When I set up our 2003 SBS server a friend who has been working sysadmin for quite a while told me WSUS was "a must for any size of organization". So I installed it, and have been using it since. ...
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Setting up a network for 16 users

I've been asked to research into providing networking links for around 16 machines, which will be providing access for a group of small companies which will become part of a co-working space. I have ...
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Setting up a small office network

I'm the de-facto system administrator for a small law office. I'm looking for help to setup the network in a good way. Here's the basic layout/requirements: Windows based. The Server: A headless ...
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Replacement/upgrade for RV082 wired router with VPN access

Current Configuration We have two sites that are connected via a gateway-to-gateway VPN tunnel using Cisco RV082 routers. We also have VPN access using QuickVPN for our Windows employees and PPTP for ...
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Getting rid of your server in a small business environment

In a small business environment, is it still necessary to have a central server? Speaking for my own company (a small charity with about 12 employees) we use our server (Windows Server 2003) for the ...
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Suggestions for SOHO networking gear [closed]

I'm a software developer as me day job but have landed a contract position to spec out and install the computer equipment for a small office. Ease of use (easy installation, low maintenance and good ...
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How could one archive all emails sent from employees?

My client runs a small business. This business has a small number of employees. They are currently hosted through GoDaddy for web and email. For legal reasons the client would like to archive emails ...
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Microsoft Exchange 2007, Small Business Server, Delegate Accounts

We have exchange running on one of our server here and there are 2 users connecting via outlook. The company has a generic Info@ email account and all users need to see this. I know I cant add a ...
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pfSense Firewall or Linksys/Cisco router for small offices

I'm about to start switching some networks around for multiple small offices. Each office has about 10 to 15 users and 10 to 15 computers. Each office has a spread of generic routers and access points....
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Is there a small business router that shows bandwidth usage graphs in the admin panel?

I support a large number of public libraries that are having their networks upgraded in response to a grant application. These libraries are generally home to between 6-15 computers and have little ...
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Which free RDBMS is best for small in-house development? [closed]

I am the sole sysadmin for a small firm of about 50 people, and I have been asked to develop an in-house application for tracking job completion and providing reports based on that data. I'm planning ...
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5 external static IPs, easy and cost-effective way to use them?

I'm moving from one ISP, who provided a managed router that took care of things like port forwarding IPs, to a new one that does not. So, currently I have a single, inexpensive Linksys router ...
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What should be known to integrate an IP-KVM in a small business?

What should be known to integrate an IP-KVM in a small business that is Windows server based? Also with this how should a person with little knowledge of IP-KVM hardware differentiate the inordinate ...
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Setting up a Develop, Acceptance, Production for a single person business

My wife is a graphic designer who is starting her own business in the field of designing templates for wordpress other php based systems. I'm going to setup the servers (VMware with CentOS) so she has ...
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First steps in scaling servers up for a Ruby on Rails application

I'm running a RoR web application on a dual core AMD Athlon 4450e server w/ 8GB RAM and Ubuntu. It's doing alright, getting spikes up to 320 dynamic requests per minute, it's also handling all the ...
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Best way to connect multiple switches together

We currently have five 24 port 3com unmanaged switches. Four of them are 100Mb switches with no gigabit port (MDI Uplink port is 100Mb). The fifth is a full gigabit switch which we use for all of ...
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Small Business Solution

Looking for ideas / thoughts on a small office setups. Users : 25 Remote users ; 5 Remote office : 3 I'm a big fan of small business server but looking for mail archiving and NAS storage solutions ...
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to demote or not to demote AD

I’m trying to help out someone who has windows server 2003 small business edition running a domain with 2 workstations. In my view a domain controller for 2 workstations is much more of a hassle than ...
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Firewall Solutions for a Small Business

I found this Cisco solution (Cisco ASA 5505 Firewall Edition Bundle - security appliance) and I also want to know what is the diffrence between this and the one following; Cisco ASA 5510 Appliance ...
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Can I host my web application in Cloud?

I have made a small web application created in J2EE which i want to develop as a "business". Can i host it in one of the cloud services ? Please do advice me as well on this issue. Will the cloud ...
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What are you implementing for communication in small business enviroments? [closed]

Background I'm working in a small company that is implementing and supporting network infrastructures in small business environments. Many times cost is a concern so I'm constantly looking for cheep /...
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Small business utilizing virtualization

We're a small business (about 10 people) looking into a virtualization setup mainly for disaster recovery reasons, but also for backup and possibly some server consolidation capability in the future. ...
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VirtualBox - use in small office and backing up

I run a small office consisting of a 8 man development team and a couple of managers. We're thinking of moving to a hardware setup whereby we have 1 single powerful server running several VirtualBox ...
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High server availabilty for a small business

After having a bit of scare with a server that wouldn't come up one morning, the higher ups have decided that the business needs a high availability / fail over setup. We have 5 main servers (4x ...
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How do you calculate ROI for a new product or service offering?

Ok so you have an idea to launch a new product to help you reduce your service desk call. Maybe it is a Employee Password Reset System, a Knowledge Base, or even a tech support chat bot. What are ...
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Small Business Server 2008 Not Responding to External DNS Queries

I have just deployed SBS 2008 Standard and am able to do DNS Queries against the internal DNS Server, however, none of the clients are able to collect a response. I have checked the Firewall ...
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How do I get around restrictive email policies by ISP?

Apparently we've been restricted (though packet filtering) to some arbitrarily small and untenable number of emails a day by some bankrupt ISP (and they say that's how it's always been chortle). We'...
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Small and medium business: user and workstation management with Debian Linux

I'm looking into building a more unified user and workstation management system and I thought it would be a good idea to ask others how they have solved the apparent issues. I would use LDAP for user ...
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Active Directory vs OpenLDAP

This is for a small company (12 developers) who haven't implemented any centralized user database - they've grown organically and just created accounts on computers as they needed. From a management ...
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Small business firewall/VPN device [closed]

What's a good small business (<50 users at a location) firewall and VPN device? Wireless would be a nice addition, and I'm thinking of something in the $1,000 range. This would be for businesses ...
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Small Business Network Hardware

I'm looking for advice on setting up a small business network for a start-up retail company. We're a five-man outfit. We need email, file sharing, printing, scanning etc. We have a bespoke line-of-...
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Small Business Server as ReadOnly Domain Controller

Can I run small business server as a RODC? My site design is hub and spoke. I want to place a domain controller at the small offices. I am tight on budget so my offices will have one server which ...
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Linux in a small business

This one is kind of a part two of "What is preventing you from deploying desktop Linux in your environment?". One of the comments was about small business and the receptions being the only onsite ...
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What is the safest country to run an IT startup? [closed]

I regularly come to think of what would be the best place to create and run a small IT company say a start-up. By safe I mean: Not bothered by criminals collecting money from all businesses in the ...
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At what point does a development company need a dedicated sysadmin?

When a company's primary focus is developing, deploying and maintaining software, at what point would it be prudent to hire a dedicated sysadmin? What are the warning signs that you need one?
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Web Traffic Monitoring - Small Business Server 2003

My father runs a small business and has had a growing concern about some of the web activity for a couple employees. He's asked that we have a way to report the activity, but its a bit over my head. ...
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What decent small-office level routers are there [closed]

So let's say I have a network of less than 20 computers including a server that needs to be accessed externally. What router/firewall solutions would you recommend? It can be either hardware or ...
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What is the Your Favorite Managed Anti-Virus for a Small Workgroup (under 25 Machines)? [closed]

I am a solo IT employee for a small company that has a couple of servers and 10 workstations (Windows and Mac, Macs do not run AV software). I want to centrally manage Anti-Virus for all the ...
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Single Person ISV, What Type of Server Hardware do you Recommend? [closed]

I am planning on taking a small product of mine live soon. I was wondering what kind of hardware you would recommend for a new small website. Is using the 'Cloud'(Amazon) a good option. Or is it ...