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Dot matrix printers still exist?
They are required for printing with carbon copies. Impact is required for that to work. Used heavily in banks.
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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.
Three letters: DNS.
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Three letters: DNS.
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is she looking to have multiple computers connect to the Quickbooks file at once, or just each one at different times, does she already have quickbooks then?
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is she looking to have multiple computers connect to the Quickbooks file at once, or just each one at different times, does she already have quickbooks then?
Likely at the same time. However, a dedicated server isn't necessary for this as QuickBooks has its own log-in.

Some advantages of getting a server, though:
1. Always On - Sure, you can leave a desktop on all the time but a lot of people tend to turn them off.
2. Dedicated Resources - Imagine if your desktop was being used as the QuickBooks server and someone just ran a huge report. Not fun.
3. Stability - Less chances of the server catching a virus if people aren't using it as a desktop and downloading wallpapers, etc.
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Unless she's expecting to grow exponentially I would say go with an off-site backup like "carbonite pro" (you track how much each PC is backing up with a whole admin GUI). Just use an extra desktop with a 1TB drive for the local storage needs. It's not really necessary to go over-the-top with five or six users. Even if it grows there's "google apps" for email/calendaring/etc. I really can't think of a reason for a real "server" for such a small environment.
 
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