Small office networking

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Hi all,
    I need to assist with setting up a small office for a friend and need some
    advice. He will have about 6-7 worksations (WinXP) and 1 server which will
    host the dental application. I will probably set the server up as Win2003 and
    install the application on it. My question is do i need to set up Active
    Directory for this small network in a DOMAIN enviornment or do i set up a
    WORKGROUP? What would be the best way to do this?

    If i setup a workgroup, what is the best way to share resouce on the server
    so that the client machine can access the application properly.

    thanks for you advice and suggestions.
    s
     
    =?Utf-8?B?U3Vubnk3MjAw?=, Jan 28, 2005
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  2. if there are over 5 workstations, I would setup DC?

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    Robert L [MS-MVP], Jan 28, 2005
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  3. I personally prefer domains, and there's no real downside, and many good
    reasons to centralize security, etc. Users all log into the domain, not
    their local workstations, and it's easier to manage the accounts,
    permissions, etc - you can use login scripts, roaming profiles, and so
    forth.
    A pain - you have to set up identical accounts/pw's on all computers, and if
    someone wants to change their password on the client, you have to change it
    identically on the server.
    I strongly suggest you look into SBS2003 for an office of this size - it
    will also give them Exchange, and Remote Web Workplace for "poor man's
    terminal services". It's a good product suite - much better than any
    previous SBS version. If you buy it bundled with a new server, such as a
    Dell Poweredge, it's about $599, and includes 5 CALs...you can buy another
    5-pack. Get plenty of RAM, dual processors if you can, and hardware SCSI
    RAID... it's worth it.

    I personally prefer SBS Standard to Premium, and use one NIC and a hardware
    firewall appliance instead of ISA on the SBS box (which is bundled in only
    with Premium, as is SQL).
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 28, 2005
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