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What Do I Need For A New Business Network?!


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#1 undershot

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:26 PM

The company I work for requires a solid network setting up, and as I'm the only one with a bit of computer knowledge I've been assigned the job, but have no experience in anything above basic home networking.

Current setup...
There's currently 6 new computers, 5 with windows 7 Home Premium, and 1 with Professional. All use pop3 e-mail (through BT) within Windows Live Mail. They all have the same software installed, and all files (except e-mails) are saved onto a server.
The server is an old computer with windows server 2003 installed, which has 2 shared folders, Shared and Private. These folders have a script that is supposed to back them up onto an external HDD, but the backing up is very hit and miss.

Desired setup...
I'd like to have a system set up where everyone has a network wide user name, an individual folder on the server, access to the Shared folder, and select users having access to the Private folder. The server would also require some good stability, and an efficient back up system.

I would also like a new e-mail system establishing. My girlfriends work has a system where they all use Microsoft Outlook and can share calendars, contacts, etc. A similar system would be good. The current problem with our e-mail is that peoples inboxes are in the GB's, which could do with being stored on the server, and BT's e-mail servers can only hold 40mb of info (which I've set to remove from the server after 5 days), but when large files are sent, inboxes become full and the e-mail becomes unusable for the following 5 days. Is there a way of centralising the e-mail storage, and making the server somehow bypass BT's 40mb storage?

There'll be money available for the operation, whether that be for a new server, upgrading OS's or server software.
Any steps in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

...and sorry for the long post.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:13 AM

Basically what you want to do is set up a domain and exhange server. There are two issues here as I see them. One is the win 7 home computers will have to be upgraded to pro. The second one is the difficulty of accomplishing your task without the required knowledge. I cannot recommend that you attempt this yourself for to many reasons for me to list. My best advice would be to find a local company that caters to small business and have them evaluate your setup versus what you want and let them recommend to you what to do. Price wise to throw a very rough number at you I would say budget in at least $5000 US to be safe. Depending on what route you go it could be much more. Best of luck.
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