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The company I work for is looking into purcashing a server with Windows Server 2003. We want all users to have to logon to the server with a password and be able to run microsoft office applications off the server. We have Lotus Notes that is running off our IBM Server so we dont have to worry about email. I am hearing stories about companies having different servers for application hosting. What do you think is best? We will have around 40 users accessing the server at a time....

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    Default New to Server 2003

    The company I work for is looking into purcashing a server
    with Windows Server 2003. We want all users to have to
    logon to the server with a password and be able to run
    microsoft office applications off the server. We have
    Lotus Notes that is running off our IBM Server so we dont
    have to worry about email. I am hearing stories about
    companies having different servers for application
    hosting. What do you think is best? We will have around 40
    users accessing the server at a time.
    Doug Guest

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    Default Re: New to Server 2003

    Application servers require a lot of hardware resources, and you still have
    to have the right number of licenses for all your users to run Office, etc.

    What else would this server be doing? You really wouldn't want to run your
    domain controller/file/print server as an app server as well, in most
    cirstances.

    Most smallish companies just install apps locally & store data on the
    server. Not sure if that would suit your needs....

    Doug G wrote: 


    Lanwench Guest

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    Default Re: New to Server 2003

    The licenses Im not worried about b/c we will purchase
    them when we decide what we want. We would mostly just be
    using this a file/print server. We would really like to be
    able to have it as a application server as well. We are
    just trying to make things easy for the IT Dept by having
    it server applications then they dont have to go to each &
    every machine. Would 2 processors with 2GB of memory help
    it all?? Not everyone would be running office programs all
    the time.
     
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    Doug Guest

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    Default Re: New to Server 2003

    I wouldn't use it for file/print....re server hw specs, not sure what to
    tell you as I don't generally use app servers. You're right in that it can
    be easier from an admin perspective, but I think it's an awful lot of
    network/server load....if you set up workstations right (no local admin
    rights, NTFS, standard software/hw build, centralized AV, roaming profiles)
    doing admin is really no biggie IMO.

    Perhaps someone else will post w/more help as to what your server specs
    ought to look like.



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