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tycoonbob your posts never cease to amaze me. You always seem t know what to say. smile.gif
    
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tycoonbob your posts never cease to amaze me. You always seem t know what to say. smile.gif

Thanks, hehe. That's the kind of stuff I do for a living (except I usually don't deal with messaging products -- i.e. Exchange, Lync, O365, VoIP, etc).
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tycoonbob your posts never cease to amaze me. You always seem t know what to say. smile.gif
Ditto +1


Using Google mail service over hosting your own would be most ideal. Unless your paranoid about having someone else hosting your services, email is defiantly something I would let someone else host for you, especially since you guys are a small business with two IT guys by the sound of it.

Also would agree with doing a prebuilt. OCN mindset is build it yourself, but with servers there's alot more aspects to worry about, and alot more to go wrong. The most I would take on would be a barebones supermicro in your shoes.
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Tycoonbob

Thanks for the help and guidence.

We have already talked in length about my needs but thanks fr bringing the discussion here also.

A for Google Apps, a lot of networks we use when in site at a clients location block google apps because they have cloud ability. A lot f facilities do like the idea. This is the reason we were going this route.
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Tycoonbob

Thanks for the help and guidence.

We have already talked in length about my needs but thanks fr bringing the discussion here also.

A for Google Apps, a lot of networks we use when in site at a clients location block google apps because they have cloud ability. A lot f facilities do like the idea. This is the reason we were going this route.

Sure thing. In regards to your clients blocking a certain site, this is the reason I love VPN. If I go to a client site and I can't get on Facebook, I will VPN to my home internet or VPN to one of our offices, and bypass their proxy. Problem solved. You can set up a PPTP VPN connection on Windows Server in under 2 minutes.
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Seeing the level of difficulty some of you are advocating; we might stay the Goole Apps route. That is what we are using but sometimes when on site we aren't able to log into email because of client network restrictions.

We might put the exchange server on the back burner for now but would like to set up an FTP and server for our SQL database. Thinking about even putting a little .net application in there.
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We might put the exchange server on the back burner for now but would like to set up an FTP and server for our SQL database. Thinking about even putting a little .net application in there.

That would be a simple single server...just make sure to have proper backups!
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We might put the exchange server on the back burner for now but would like to set up an FTP and server for our SQL database. Thinking about even putting a little .net application in there.

That would be a simple single server...just make sure to have proper backups!

Yeah, that is the route that will probably be taken.
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Today we reevaluated our needs and decided to stay with Google as an email client.

We are directing attention for our server to serve the following needs:

1. FTP
2. BE Database server for Access, SQL, Oracle DB
3. We are trying to get our Access DB coded into .NET for it to be a webapp. There is a company already lined up to do so. We are just trying to finalize a contract.

Most if not all of you will say why put the burden on us and pay a professional to take care of our needs. The simple answer is; we want to LEARN in the process. We can take care of our daily needs with Excel spreadsheets and standalone Access DBs but want this thing to easily grow and scale with the company. Right now it is only 3 users but in 1-2yrs it will become 10-12 users.

So saying this.. could our needs be meant with the provided hardware?
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It never seizes to amaze me how over engineered and cost inefficient microsoft solutions are. You can run all that stuff including the mail for free on the one server you already have. It's just a question of whether you man enough to learn UNIX.
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