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Snyped
Fri Oct 19 2012, 11:45AM
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I have a few questions for you tech specialists out there!

I am not an IT guy by any means, so I am going to try to explain this the way I understand it.

Background:
We have 5 hardwired computers at my office and for years we have been using file sharing. Everyone uses their same computer for the most part, only switching occasionally.

Then we bought a new software called Office Tools Professional to start shifting our office to a cloud based/ paperless format. Unfortunately, the Office Tools Pro uses a SQL protocol that was too cumbersome for simple file sharing.

We just bought a new Dell T110 Server with Windows Small Business Server 2011 on it. When we tried to set up the workstations to connect to the SQL on the new server, we found out that Window's 7 Home Premium cannot connect to SBS because SBS uses a domain based network.

So we bought 4 Home Premium-> Professional "Anytime Upgrades" and one new computer. All of the computers now have Windows 7 Professional on them. However, when I connect a computer to the domain, it creates a new user profile. So, I found a tool called ForensiT that could migrate my local profile to the Domain profile. (What a pain!)

Questions:

1) Should I use roaming profiles? Is the performance decrease of a roaming profile going to outweigh the benefit of not having to set up a new user when you log into someone else's computer?

2) The T110 has 2 hard drives. The second hard drive is Raid 1 (I think). How do I set up backups to that drive or does the Raid drive automatically mirror the hard drive?

3) Do offsite computers that connect using remote access have to connect to the domain?

4) Should applications be installed on the server, or on the workstation?

I think those are all of my questions for right now. If any of you guys are really familiar with this and want to be my IT specialist, let me know and I can set up a contract with you.

Thank you!
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Patriot
Fri Oct 19 2012, 04:32PM
Ping is KING!!!

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Blackstone to the rescue!!!!!!
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Blackstone
Sun Oct 21 2012, 05:20PM

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1) Should I use roaming profiles? Is the performance decrease of a roaming profile going to outweigh the benefit of not having to set up a new user when you log into someone else's computer? -just a preference that i wouldn't use unless there is lots of travel between sites

2) The T110 has 2 hard drives. The second hard drive is Raid 1 (I think). How do I set up backups to that drive or does the Raid drive automatically mirror the hard drive? -raid 1, should that be your raid level, will mirror your data onto both drives. This is not the same as backups, but does offer some level of redundancy. you want to decide what data you need backed up, and run it to an external array or to the cloud or even tape and store it offsite or you will have 0 disaster recovery

3) Do offsite computers that connect using remote access have to connect to the domain? The computers will not connect to the domain, but the users must authenticate to the domain.

4) Should applications be installed on the server, or on the workstation? unless you are going to run the server as a terminal server and serve the applications up directly, i would assume you want them to stay on the PCs they are installed on, and just let the users remote into their own PC

I can assist you if you like, but I work for healthcare company with 12 sites as their systems admin, which will have to take priority.

[ Edited Sun Oct 21 2012, 05:22PM ]
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Snyped
Tue Oct 23 2012, 05:11PM
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Thanks Blackstone!
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Blackstone
Tue Oct 23 2012, 08:27PM

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you are welcome
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