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A friend of mine is planning on buying a small HP server for her business, but I am not sure if one is necessary. All she wants to do is have every computer (maybe 5-10) share a dot matrix printer, and access to Quickbooks.

This should be possible for free through Windows sharing, correct? I have never used Quickbooks, but the .pdf makes it look possible.
http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com...NetInstall.pdf
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Dot matrix printers still exist?
     
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Well i think the thinking behind it is ok.

You can share a printer therefore you dont have to buy mulitple.

That Server can also be used for automatic backs ups. And maybe even for other tools in the future.


How much is she willing to invest?\\


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Dot matrix printers still exist?
Yep. Some are so detailed now you cant really really cant tell its a dot matrix unless you have a magnifier glass
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Offhand I am not sure how much she is willing to invest, but I get the impression that she wants to go as cheap as possible.
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Originally Posted by ItsEggrollTime View Post
Offhand I am not sure how much she is willing to invest, but I get the impression that she wants to go as cheap as possible.
Well technically the difference with a PC and a server is its application (Or OS)


you can find 7+ Yr old PC for $50 bucks that can do the job.
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Other than automatic backups what are the advantages of having a dedicated server in this situation?

Of course automatic backups are a very big advantage.
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I use my Compaq 6000 with XP Pro, 1.8ghz Athlon K7 and 728mb RAM to share files with around 4-5 clients.. so im sure your printer will work.. but no clue on quickbooks with windows sharing
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ItsEggrollTime View Post
Other than automatic backups what are the advantages of having a dedicated server in this situation?

Of course automatic backups are a very big advantage.
Well if she really wants to invest in a server.

you can use it as the main system. And basically make all the other machines terminals. That way She can manage all her employs permissions.

You can use it Store massive amount of data with windows utilities you can hot swap Drives so you can infinitly grow the amout of data you can hold with out having to turn off any pc ETC ETC.

You can run a FTp Server or every your own website!

It depends. What business is this?
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She runs a cleaning business. Her employees clean various homes, hotels, and offices.
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She runs a cleaning business. Her employees clean various homes, hotels, and offices.
What do you guys use?

Exel?
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