Thanks very much for this information
We actually like the cost of this potential Home Server situation quite a
bit. It's much less expensive than the ML110 entry-level server offered by
HP. (With even a basic configuration we are still talking about nearly twice
After contacting an HP representative about the Home Server today, he
actually tried to talk me out of it, saying that it probably wasn't fast
enough or powerful enough for our small office situation (even though I
explained to him that we are only talking about 3 computers being hooked up).
It seems to me that he was more interested in making a more expensive sale. I
could be incorrect about this, but it was the general feeling that I got.
After looking at the link that you provided, I'm of the opinion that this
Home Server would still be adequate for our needs.
To give you a few more technical specs regarding the operation:
This is a financial services business. We are sharing files from Office 2007
Pro, UltraTax, and Peachtree accounting software. That's it. Those are the
only associated program files that need to be shared. So we are still
thinking that a server situation would be better than having my wife's
computer serve as the hub.
Just wanted to get a double confirmation on this.
"Jack (MVP-Networking)." wrote:
> Take a look at the HP Media server. It runs Windows Home Server.
> What type of Windows is running on the other computers is Not so crucial.\
> Upgrading each computer to Giga Network card, and connecting it to a Giga
> Switch can improve significantly the Network performance.
> Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
> "husky86" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > My wife works in a small office situation where there are 3 computers
> > connected by a small local area network. Her computer is the unofficial
> > hub
> > of the office, the computer where most of the client files are located.
> > The
> > other 2 computers tap into her system in order to have access to those
> > files.
> > She has now been given official clearance to begin looking for a
> > replacement
> > computer system for her office as a result of her system being 7 years
> > old.
> > With respect to recommendations: outside of trying to get the fastest hard
> > drive(s) (the budget will allow), the most memory (also tied to budget),
> > and
> > an adequate video card, is there any specific hardware recommendations
> > that
> > might be made with respect to her particular computer serving as the hub
> > of
> > the office? With respect to this local area network situation?
> > As it is now, whenever people are attempting to access files, it slows
> > down
> > her system quite noticeably.