New Office Server vs. Time Capsule

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  1. bigdaddymac macrumors regular

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    I work in a small (4 -5 people) office. The office has had a server for years, which needs to be upgraded. Primarily, the folks in the office use the server and their computers for: email, internet, file sharing, accounting, storage. The environment will be both mac and PC users. We have email & exchange accounts with online hosts.

    It's time to upgrade the server as it's ancient. I know this will cost a lot, more than we want to budget.

    My question is: do we really even need a server? Would time capsule suffice, based on our needs I would rather spend the money upgrading to new computers in the office, new printers, etc. if we can get away with time capsule as our "server". I know TimeCapsule isn't out yet, but, based on the specs and the info above, any feedback would be appreciated.
     
  2. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    Not sure if Time Machine will do it but how about a NAS drive? Icy Box make a NAS Enclosure that has all the FTP, Samba, DHCP Server built in, and also has a Print Server built in to use with USB Printers. The enclosure costs about £100 ($190), and then you just need to buy SATA drives to fit it, and can set them up in RAID config.
     
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    Unless you are going to host your own mail server I would say just get a decent multi drive nas device. Synology/Infrant (netgear now owns them)/Thecus all make good devices I personally have a synology and will later be buying a thecus as a media server.
     
  4. LouTreize macrumors regular

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    Ha, funny, i'm in the same situation. I gotta replace my server at the office. It's a ticking bomb and we need to act quick. Anyway, you and i both use our servers the same way: email, internet, file sharing, accounting, storage etc. And we have 6 users running on it (all Windows).

    I don't know how you're setup at the office but i'll take myself as an example. All of my applications are running on the server. I got an accounting application, i have an inventory/invoice application and i have a backup (tape) application. Apart from that, the server is being used as peer-peer and file share. In the end, i won't be able to use an NAS device (well for the backup only), unless there's a way to run programs on an NAS.

    Wiki

    ...i'm not sure what else to say, i only know so much about servers, only because i have to plop down a big amount for a new one within the next few days.
     
  5. bigdaddymac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help. I'm now leaning toward this setup below for our 4-5 person office (for our company website, email, internet, drive sharing needs). Any feedback on how this looks, what I'm missing, etc, would be appreciated:

    NAS Drive, with other drives attached as needed

    Software: Each End user has own software (Word Processing, Mail, etc.) on their own computer.

    Email: Set up via an online provider - Probably ExchangeMyMail.com, so that we also get MS Exchange Service, postini, imap, etc.

    Website: Our website hosted via an online provider - perhaps .Mac if we're able to create the site with iWeb.

    Backup: Not sure here. Is there an online entity that will "back up" our NAS drive daily?

    If this works, we would be able to avoid buying a server, and save several thousand dollars, which we can put into buying new computers instead, which is much more fun....
     
  6. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    i guess u wont have troubles with mail ....

    i actually dont understand NAS a lot but i think it does not support advanced sharing settings. I mean it will let all the users access all the shared files. (i think). If you are happy with that, then maybe you can save money.
     
  7. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget backups - you will need to be able to make a regular backup of whatever you have stored on your file server in case of disaster.

    I don't know what volume of data you have to deal with, but if backing up to DVD-R is viable, I'd be tempted to pick up a secondhand G4 MDD tower, fill all 4 drive bays with hard drives and configure them as two RAID 1 mirrors - then do periodic backups to either DVD or an external firewire HD that is taken off site when not in use.
     

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