help with server

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March 26, 2009 at 13:44:39
Specs: Windows XP
hi there.
I am a scout leader that is trying to set up a small web cafe and "Tech Centre". we have had a server donated by a local firm that has gone bust and we are trying to set it up . we have 5 machnes running xp pro we have begged, borowed and stole but are a little concerned about licences. we were going to set it up as a terminal server (on the advice of a parent) but looking into it the machine licences are very expensive. also we are not sure if the copy of server 2003 installed is registered or not. the last thing we want to do is set it all up and then find it all stops working 3 months later or we get in trouble. can anyone suggest anything better to use(thats free or cheap) or wheather we are worrying about nothing.

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#1
March 26, 2009 at 13:49:27
How about starting out with what you wish to accomplish ie. goals of this setup.

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#2
March 26, 2009 at 14:01:24
sorry. the plan is to have the 5 machines in the hut so that the scouts can keep records of there badges and work on planning camps and creating powerpoint displays and the suchlike. Also to be used as an after school
homework club for those who dont have access to computers at school. This is why we would like them to have there own file that they can "hot desk " to any spare machine. we would also like to offer a web cafe to other units in the group but would like to monitor the content and restrict it due to the age of the users.

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#3
March 26, 2009 at 14:02:34
sorry i ment at home not at school. bad typo

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#4
March 26, 2009 at 14:14:29
Might be better to setup a linux/bsd/solaris based server and client.

The whole thing might be legal as it is but generally common big name linux distro's are offered as free to use. Smaller one's might contain still legal to use but not so called free or any of the bsd or gpl terms.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#5
March 26, 2009 at 14:34:29
I thought as much. I must be honest i did consider the linux route but i am a novice when it comes to servers and have never even used a linux system and i am a little bit daunted by it and have no idea where to start or which version to use. i have built networks at work but only basic 8 port router type things.

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