The short: Family owns a dental office Currently running Softdent as dental practice management (windows software, plans to update eventually to MacPractice) 9 year old server is taking a crap Time to start the process of switching the office over to Macs (without breaking the bank all at one time) Need some advice / a few questions answered. The long: Computer Setup So my family (girlfriend's family actually but in so many words they are quickly becoming my family) owns a dental office. The practice has about 12 computers all but 2 are Windows based, and for the other 2 the first is a MacBook Pro (previous to Late 2008 Generation) and the second is a 2.6ishGHZ 24" iMac, both currently running parallels. All of the computers access information on the server but I do not think there are any programs that need to really technically be installed on it. The software they use is called Softdent and is owned by Kodak who is no longer updating the software. The plan is to eventually move to the MacPractice DDS software when the new charting features are done in it and the computers have all been switched over to Mac Mini's etc. The information currently on the server needs to be moved onto a new server, however I am not sure if it needs to be installed into the server or if the folders can just be moved over. Any idea on how to figure this stuff out (ie. if there are registry entries or anything like that on the current server that are necessary to use a particular software database) or am I better off calling Softdent to figure that out? Server Issues The server is old enough to the point where its amazing 30gb raid capacity is nearing full, and in need of replacement. Its time to upgrade and there are a few questions plaguing the minds of the parents. Questions Is an XServe Necessary or can we get away with a mac pro? I assume we will need an unlimited copy of Leopard Server? Will all of the other Windows based computers be able to access the Mac Pro / XServe as they normally would the Windows based server? If we needed to could we run Parallels to "make things work" so to speak? Keep in mind we will need to be able to keep as much as possible Windows compatible until we can switch over all of the computers in the office. I am sure there will be more questions as these get answered, if you need more information to help answer these questions just ask.