Newbie to windows server 2008

Microsoft Windows server 2008 r2 enterpr...
July 16, 2010 at 20:55:59
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all,
Hi,i am a newbie to windows server,Currently i am helping my boss to set up a server in the office. And i have tons of question for the windows server.And i believe some of the question may be seem quite stupid to you all,but i am really willing to get know about that,and i am wish to get an answer from your all.

Here is my situation:
i have a server which come with windows server 2008 r2 enterprise 64bit.and it need to get connect with 5 workstations.Which all the workstations is running a windows 7 professional.I am able to create a Domain in the server and currently all the workstation is able to connect to the domain finely.
But now i do face up this few problem:

1.May i know that all the software install to the server,can it be use by the workstation once they join the domain?And how the procedure to do so?

2.I am aware that all clients are able to keep their data in the server,and i need to know how to do so.

3. Now for all my workstation is using the same password to log in to the domain,can i set different User password to different User? and could i able to lock the local user machine? cause my boss just wanna let them to log in to domain once they on the PC.

4. I do have a network print server.Do i need to do any more configuration on it?

This is some of the difficult problem for me,i do have more for the server,but currently i do need to solve this problem first.I wish to get an answer from your all,even is just some clue of it for how to do so.And i am really sorry if i still miss out of any important info.just let me know if really miss it.

And thousand thanks for all your guys...i know i am totally weak on server.So hopefully yours guys could lent a hand.

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July 20, 2010 at 12:40:35
1. this would only work for server based software which means the workstations run a client version to access what is one the server. Like using access to connect to a sql database on the server. Things like Office belong on the workstation.

2. web search folder redirection

3. Network needs to be secure. You need to educate yourself and your boss as to why you need server security.

4. network printers require ip addresses. This is where you should plan your ip plan of static ip addresses and what is assigned to which device. You will need to configure ip printing on the workstations to print directly to the printer.

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April 7, 2011 at 16:48:02
The best thing you could possibly do is get someone to do the work for you and for them to teach you while they do it. Installing and configuring a server with applications and roles is not a small job, it is complicated for someone who doesn't have the experience and knowledge to do it. Even those with an early IT back ground will struggle. Get Microsoft qualified and do some research if YOU must do it. The last thing you want is your boss giving you grief if you don't cover critical areas such as security and backups etc. It's a small network I know, but never the less it doesn't make installing and configuring a server any easier when you don't know what you are doing.

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April 8, 2011 at 01:14:06
I'd agree with the bit about getting an outside consultant to help you. Setting up a server is not trivial.

But, if you can't get the money for that, then get your boss to send you on a course. If he's too mean to do that then get him to you buy a good book (I can recommend Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008). If he's too mean to do that then he deserves the mess that will result.

A forum such as this cannot possibly tell you all that you need to know.

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April 8, 2011 at 10:49:54
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