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post #11 of 39
so you need mail, and a file server for 9 people? on a single link gigabit network...

an HP ML150 G6 and a pair of 1-2TB blacks in a mirror...

http://www.opengroupware.org/screens/index.html

fedora should be easy enough to setup

who package for under a grand...

real servers are nice, but 9 users doesn't warrant redundant ram/psu/cpu etc for a simple single server setup...

or throw some new drives in your old beast and load it up for next to free...
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so you need mail, and a file server for 9 people? on a single link gigabit network...

an HP ML150 G6 and a pair of 1-2TB blacks in a mirror...

http://www.opengroupware.org/screens/index.html

fedora should be easy enough to setup

who package for under a grand...

real servers are nice, but 9 users doesn't warrant redundant ram/psu/cpu etc for a simple single server setup...

or throw some new drives in your old beast and load it up for next to free...
He also needs to file serve....
    
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post #13 of 39
Honestly, I'd go used. There's some GREAT deals on craigslist and the like for older servers. You'll have server-class hardware for reliability, and since you were fine on an old P4-based server system, it wouldn't hurt. Best part? You can find said servers for sale for $100-$500.
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Alot of good food for thought here =)
    
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post #15 of 39
Ok, Want a decent server cheap checkout the site below

http://www.surpluscomputers.com

They have all kinds of good deals on servers, Ive bought probably 15 servers there in the last 3 years.

Heres an i7 Server with a SAS array for $1000
http://www.surpluscomputers.com/3501...-intel-i7.html

Heres a Core 2 Quad Server for $500
http://www.surpluscomputers.com/3502...core-quad.html

Also for 7 users outsorce the email it'll save you time money and headaches.
Edited by Relevant Wing - 2/4/11 at 4:38pm
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post #16 of 39
Wow Relevant, those are awesome servers for the price. Good post! OP, I'd go with one of those solutions...

The downside is that there is no OS, but you can pick up SBS2003 on the cheap, and that'd do you just fine.
post #17 of 39
I would go with Google Enterprise (http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html) which is $50/user/yr for email, then get a Synology DiskStation NAS (http://www.synology.com/us/products/index.php) for a file server.

This all said and done should be less than $1.5k
post #18 of 39
@OP

Here are my thoughts. I'd look at a Dell server, something along the lines of an T310. 4GB of RAM should be enough to be going on with. Make sure you get the redundant power supply option.

Storage-wise, I'd go with RAID 1 for the OS (2 drives) and RAID 5 for the data volume (3 drives). Use 1TB drive units.


Question (s):

1) You said your Exchange server was writing data to the disk and corrupted the filesystem. What was the cause of this? Flaky power? Dying hard disk? Bug in Exchange? Bug in NTFS?

2) You said that the old server has been backed up. What happened to the email the Exchange server was writing to? Was that repaired, or is it still corrupted?

3) Backup policy. Do you have one? What is it? How is it implemented? Is data moved off-site?
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post #19 of 39
The $8000 quote is meant to force you to upgrade and go current. It's not worth it, in their mind, to be buying new hardware and old software... It's a common practice in the industry.

You should look around though. You're in a disaster-recovery situation with a SBS-2000 system. I personally shudder just thinking about the steps needed to get up and running. Not mention that it's not possible to restore Exchange 2000 into a 2007 or 2010 environment...

And I would definitely NOT rely on OCN for making any business decisions... really.
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Quote:
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The $8000 quote is meant to force you to upgrade and go current. It's not worth it, in their mind, to be buying new hardware and old software... It's a common practice in the industry.

You should look around though. You're in a disaster-recovery situation with a SBS-2000 system. I personally shudder just thinking about the steps needed to get up and running. Not mention that it's not possible to restore Exchange 2000 into a 2007 or 2010 environment...

And I would definitely NOT rely on OCN for making any business decisions... really.
Where else is he supposed to go? Research? How hes a busy guy.
His IT team? They've already given him a huge extravagant quote to go current in this economy.
A consultant? $$$$ charges foe setup or advice per hour.

OCN is free and it has a few good people that can help. OP check the networking section, there are a few heavy hitter users here that could help you. Good luck running your company. And I pray for prosperity for your business, you guys are the ones running our economy! You rock!
     
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