Which OS is best for our new server?
by unfaithfulsfan - 10/21/11 8:16 PM
Hi all! Looking for advice for a new server I've been asked to research, procure, deploy and support. That's not much for a guy on 100% disability for Stage 3 Kidney Failure, right?
The rig is for a small municipality in Western NY state. The current rig is a Pentium Pro running Win 2000 Server. There are 4 clients: 3 are Win 7 Pro boxes; number 4 is Win 2K Pro.
The role of the server is to store data, be a backup source for at least 3 of the 4 clients and to back up all data to the cloud.
Other than the luxury for me to perform routine ADMIN tasks and troubleshoot issues remotely, there is no current need for remote access. That's largely because only 2 of the 5 board members have any computer skills and only 1 of them could be classified as "savvy."
However, the expected service life of this box is 8-10 years. Should a new administration be elected that wants the trustees, who are part-time employees of the village, to be able to access data remotely or some similar need crop up, I want the box to be able to handle that.
I'm hoping to keep the total cost of this project under $3K including my fee. I've settled on a Xeon-based computer with 8 GB of RAM and two 1 TB HDDs in a RAID 1 config (or 3 HDDs in a RAID 5, have not yet made up my mind).
On other forums, Windows Home Server has been suggested due to its low cost and because of the specifics of this machine's role. A more robust server OS is not required is the general consensus.
I don't really agree with that in the long term. A lot can happen in 10 years and I don't want this rig to be totally obsolete in 2. I looked at R2 Foundation and am not sure even that would serve a more intense role.
What happens if the board decides to link up the Highway Department and the Senior Center with this machine?
I don't want to break the bank but I don't want to low-ball the village, either. I am eternally grateful for any help you can give me.
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