Need a server solution

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pilotboy1, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. pilotboy1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    Our church has a mixed environment of PCs (4-5) and Macs (5-6). The previous IT person is using some sort of server (It's on some sort of NAS-like looking system) that is running Windows Server 2008 Foundation. It's gotten to the point where the clients are often not able to see the server. When they can see it, it takes a fair amount of time to connect. I'm looking for a solid solution that will work in multiple environments and can be used for file storage. I'm not sure if the printers are tied into it (I don't believe so), but if they are, we have 4-5 of those, as well. I'd like to be able to back it up to either another spot within the church or off-site. Any recommendations are welcome.
  2. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    Server Foundation is a severely limited edition of Windows. Has the number of computers connecting to the server grown? If I recall correctly, 2008 Foundation only supports 15 concurrent user connections.

    Are you running an Active Directory domain, or are you simply using the computers in a workgroup setup? Are you comfortable in a Windows environment?
    Do you know your way around other operating systems?

    If you're willing to spend the time to learn the system, setting up Samba on a FreeBSD or Linux server would probably be the absolutely most cost-effective way to solve your problem, both in terms of being able to use relatively cheap hardware in your server due to the smaller footprint, and because in these systems you tend to spend some time setting everything up, but then you can forget all about the systems until the hardware dies.
    Otherwise, I think a Windows server is the way to go, since you have Windows clients. Note that you need to check the hardware requirements for recent Windows versions to see whether you can upgrade your existing machine or you need to install the new system from scratch.
    Perhaps the best way to go is to let the old system live and set up a new one in parallel with the old one, migrating clients in a controlled way and only shutting down the old system once you're positive you've migrated everything.

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