A real small business server

Recipe for a real small business server that will provide basic file and printer services for up to ten workstations.

  1. Obtain hardware by repurposing a relatively up-to-date workstation or buy an inexpensive server from Dell or HP (or a refurbished small server).
  2. Install standard copy of Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  3. Create a Data folder Share it.
  4. Install printer(s) Share it/them.
  5. At each workstation, map a drive letter to the shared folder.
    MAP G: \\server\data
  6. At each workstation go into the printers folder, select “Add new printer” and select the server printer.

Don’t use this machine as a workstation. Put it off in a corner somewhere.
Replace in two years.

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