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Well see the thing is that i have no clue what i must have or may want since i dont know what this involves. Thank you for the server description that makes things a lot clearer. Network resources: what would some examples of these be. Isn't like a NAS, which stores files and other things and is shared with other computers through a network. Eventually what i would like to do is install software like office 2007 and other business software on a computer along with backups and other resources and be able to have other computers access these files and even run the software(i think this is virtualization). Little by little but mainly for now i just want to have a centralized storage device from which i could access/read/write files to from other computers, as well as save all computer backups to this device. Thanks alot for your help.
It was only in recent years that consumer-level NAS units became readily available on the market, along with open-source OS developments that could readily turn any computer into a NAS. From a consumer perspective, a NAS could really suffice for most file-needs. That is, a centralized location for storing files, backups, etc. Consumer-level NAS units also provide other consumer-useful applications, such as streaming to iTunes, Torrent backups, etc etc.

Either buying a pre-built consumer-level NAS or building your own would work for your needs. You need to determine your budget and requirements. Questions to consider include (1) how much storage space do you need (2) do you require expansion options (3) how important is redundancy-options in the event of a hardware failure, such as hdd crash, etc.

You should also remember that having a NAS unit is not a replacement for permanent offline backups of important data. You should probably regularly back up important data to optical media such as DVD or BluRay.

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With regards to your previously stated intention of delivering application virtualization, well, it's not really the cheapest thing to do. And while I applaud your positive intentions, it's probably something you can shelve .

You should look into the Microsoft Office 2010 Web App delivery system. Why waste time with this particular suite when Microsoft already has it under development?
http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010...s/default.aspx
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Lonewolf - i really appreciate your help with all these things. I'm taking an OS course at school now which is related to these system controls, group policies and things like that. Basically this would be a very small business probably no more than 5 pc's but i do want to make sure to set the right privileges to the right users. The speed in which the folders or files are accessed or written on the shared folder depends on what? what is the main thing all PCs must have? thanks

Comguards - thanks for all your insight man i really appreciate it, i was just really mostly wondering lol as i know those topics are much more costly. I like to learn about all i can little by little but as of now im just trying to setup a shared folder for usage between 5 pcs or so and have a good HDD for backups daily or weekly.
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The speed in which the folders or files are accessed or written on the shared folder depends on what? what is the main thing all PCs must have? thanks
The speed is really dependent on having good network cards, switching gear, and routing. That said, unless your users are streaming video, 100Mbps links are fine for almost everything short of very large (read: hundreds of megabytes or more at a time on a regular basis) file copy operations. My network at work has hundreds of clients, and only the servers have more than a 100Mbps link to the network. The average user generally has documents, spreadsheets, maybe some other things saved. They don't (hopefully) have their entire iTunes collection stored on the network, and if they do, this is a time to set down a policy for what is and isn't permissible, since that will affect your backups.

Speed of access can also depend on how much a user is saving to their personal network share --but that only really comes into play when you're using Folder Redirection on a Server 2000, 2003, or 2008 box (which is done as part of Group Policy). We use this to map a user's "My Documents" folder directly to the server. Even then, you have to have Offline Files set up for it to be an issue, and have users with large profiles and My Documents folders (i.e., a few gigabytes of data or more). It's only an issue for us in the fact that it takes those users longer to log into the server; once logged in, performance is normal.
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If you are wanting to try out a Microsoft OS, you can download a 180-day evaluation of Windows Server 2008 R2 (install standard edition) from the Microsoft site and try it out.

This way you can learn the OS and test it out on your network. All you would need is a computer with a 1GHz processor, 1GB ram (2GB if possible), 40GB HDD and NIC card. It might be a little slow but it will do for testing purposes.
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Thanks a lot guys for all your responses and advise, it has all been very helpful. I'll get back to you guys when i have any more doubt. For now, i think i have to venture on my own and learn.
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If you are wanting to try out a Microsoft OS, you can download a 180-day evaluation of Windows Server 2008 R2 (install standard edition) from the Microsoft site and try it out.

This way you can learn the OS and test it out on your network. All you would need is a computer with a 1GHz processor, 1GB ram (2GB if possible), 40GB HDD and NIC card. It might be a little slow but it will do for testing purposes.
For R2 you also need x64 hardware - there is no 32-bit version.
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