Posted 26 March 2013 - 13:39
First, thank you in advance for any input you provide regarding my questions.
I'm installing a new server at my business. I have has six users using a proprietary software that have individual logins and passwords associated to the software. I have been been running a peer-to-peer internal network but want to increase speed on the network.
I purchased a small Dell server at the recommendation of the software vendor running MS Server 2008.
I have six workstations that vary from older desktop PC's running XP and a couple of newer laptops using Windows 7 and Windows 8.
I only plan to run the proprietary software and have users connect to the internet as needed (which is not often).
Since each user currently has their own username on password on the proprietary software do I need to install Active Directory on the server? The most users I would ever have is six. I want to keep the setup easy as I don't have much experience (or time) with server management.
Each user has additional software on their individual workstation that they will use.
My thought is to NOT install AD and just share the propriatary software folder on the server.
My setup is ATT DSL (with four ports) to a Netgear Pro Safe switch with 8 ports. I'm planning conntect my server, internet and six users to the switch.
Within the ATT modem router settings I was going to limit access using the MAC address of each machine.
I currently am using OPEN DNS on each workstation and AVIRA Free Antivirus
I have been using carbonite.com for backup, but a friend of mine suggested that I also do a physical backup on the server. (His reasoning was that having a secondary rotating physical backup is cheap insurance.)
Thoughts, comments and suggestions? Are there any 'sharks' in the water for my setup?