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Don't custom build. Trust me you will love being able to get support and not have to do everything yourself.
Yes.
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I work for a small IT consulting company where most people are working on site all day (as in not at the company office) and a handful stay at the company headquarters working on proposals, HR stuff, and other office duties.

My boss asked me if I'd be willing to stand up their IT infrastructure for them. He would like an exchange server, file server, and webhosting (down-the-road). They currently spend roughly $4k a year to outsource their IT, but at the rate the business is growing bringing IT in-house is starting to make sense. So they'd like to keep the in-house solution costing no more than $4k per year for the time being.

I was a system administrator a few years back, but things change so fast and what I knew then is likely outdated now. So I was hoping the good smart folks at OCN can give me some recommendations!

What they have now:
T1 line
Networking infrastructure
Laptops running Windows 7

What they need:
Server (Boss said he's open to a custom build or just purchasing a prebuilt Dell or HP etc)
Disaster recovery / contingency plan
Host a VM or two (maybe)
Storage/backups
Domain Controller
Mail server (Exchange)
Firewall
Anti-virus /Anti-malware solution
Remote administration
Can't really do this on $4000 for initial setup... Even just the software costs for OEM SBS 2011 Standard from Dell Partner is running at $745.00.

Kind of hard to recommend a full-blown solution remotely without checking out your current environment and talking to your people directly. You should call Dell (or IBM or HP) up, and tell them that you need a complete solution. They should be able to put you in touch with a local Dell Partner that can build the complete solution for you. I can give you a second opinion on that quote if you do get one, but that's what I'd recommend.

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Disaster recovery / contingency plan - right off the bat...there is no way you could cover this with a white box setup.

Go with Dell. If it blows up, melts down, taken away in a hurricane...then you have a whole company dedicated to getting you back online.

Talk to ComGaurds. He is a Dell reseller and he will tell you the same thing. When it comes to your company...do you want to be the one fired when something goes wrong and you can't fix it?
$4000 is not going to cover a setup that includes Disaster Recovery. DR-setups are usually the most expensive part of an IT infrastructure setup. It's good that you're thinking about it though . Having a DR plan in place is not enough - you need to test it regularly to make sure it works and that the process you have in place is down pat with an acceptable length of downtime.
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Can't really do this on $4000 for initial setup... Even just the software costs for OEM SBS 2011 Standard from Dell Partner is running at $745.00.

Kind of hard to recommend a full-blown solution remotely without checking out your current environment and talking to your people directly. You should call Dell (or IBM or HP) up, and tell them that you need a complete solution. They should be able to put you in touch with a local Dell Partner that can build the complete solution for you. I can give you a second opinion on that quote if you do get one, but that's what I'd recommend.



$4000 is not going to cover a setup that includes Disaster Recovery. DR-setups are usually the most expensive part of an IT infrastructure setup. It's good that you're thinking about it though . Having a DR plan in place is not enough - you need to test it regularly to make sure it works and that the process you have in place is down pat with an acceptable length of downtime.
I agree with everything said here. Also, keep in mind its industry practice to run at least 2 domain controllers in the environment, with at least 1 being physical. The exchange server should also be running on a physical host.

It's tough to get a feel for how large the company is, and what their needs are. Maybe (Although not recommended) they could just get away with a hosted mail solution (gmail) and maybe a little linux samba box that runs cron job backups and a weekly tape backup.
 
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Lots of paticulars needed to be known about your company (things like how long you can afford to be down, or even if having your server down for 2 days is a problem). For me it is not quite clear what your boss wants from you (are you going to be the "IT guy" from A to Z?) If yes will you be allowed to pick equipment that will not be causing you headaches? Perhaps your boss is saying "I want to give back everything we are using now and give you 4k to replace it then make you the man to resolve all issues". I say "great" as long as the compensation follows the responsibility. This "fix my computer for free" mindset runs all the way from helping out the neighbor to being a defacto Network Administrator. You have to feel comfortable taking on the responsibilities that are asked for you to take on.If you want to work cheap to add some lines to your resume, well that is going to be your call
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post #15 of 15
$4k might be just enough for a basic domain controller setup, a firewall appliance, and MS BPOS or google apps. Surely you will need something better than a single T1, though?
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