What kind of data server should I buy for this configuration

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April 18, 2012 at 09:58:17
Specs: Windows 7, Dual Xeon
I have about 15 computers that are running several different operating systems. I have Windows XP Pro Windows 7 Home Premium Home Basic Pro. Each one is of different age and power. I need a dedicated data server that has raid and an online backup solution. I am not going to use active directory or an email server or anything like that. I just need a hard drive that all the computers can connect to at the same time and share some data. I would also like each user to have their own username and password so maybe a domain would be a good idea. I have a dual xeon server that I picked up awhile ago that should work great for this. My big question is compatibility with the OS's. What OS should I use for the data server? Should I or do I need to upgrade all the computers to windows 7 pro? What are the benefits?

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#1
April 18, 2012 at 11:03:50
The cost to install a server OS and the cost to allow these products to connect is pretty high.

One can use a common windows OS or any of the linux distro's if they do what you want.

Common shared folders protected by ntfs permissions tend to be enough. If you want you can easily set up a ftp or even http page. Could get wild and set up iscsi and boot the systems over the lan. (very advanced setup).

Look at 2x.com for some ideas also.

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#2
April 18, 2012 at 14:45:59
You don't need to upgrade the workstations unless you want to .

2003 or 2008 server, installed as a standalone server not in a domain, would work fine for what you describe.

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#3
April 18, 2012 at 18:52:59
You do not want to setup a domain unless you are planning on upgrading all the Windows Home systems to Pro. Home can't connect to domain based networks.

Rich


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#4
April 18, 2012 at 21:47:47
2003 or 2008 server with cal's in a soho would run somewhere in the $2K range just for the OS. It is well beyond what you need.

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