Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




146 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8


Topic # 60214 22-Apr-2010 08:53
Send private message

Hi there, my boss is looking to get a new computer to act as a server/master computer for running Quickbooks and other automotive workshop based programs on 4-5 computers. 
 
There is nothing too demanding graphicaly, just using suppliers websites and Quickbooks PC based version.

What kind of spec PC would we need, currently we are using XP on all 4 computers but I guess we will have to upgrade in the near future.

HDD? CPU? RAM??

Cheers Jason

Create new topic

xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8683 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1248

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 321566 22-Apr-2010 09:02
Send private message

I setup a "server" at a clients home office for their property mangement business.... 3-4 workstations, all on XP.
The "server" is just a P3 500, 768mb RAM running XP - all their documents are on it (with daily backs to external drive).

Works well for them and hasnt fallen over in the 3 years its been there :)

Check the reqs for any server based software and pretty much use that as your base.




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

Sea of Thieves Down Under




146 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 321792 22-Apr-2010 18:35
Send private message

So if this server was to be used as the reception #1 computer would the requirements still be the same?
Additionaly, the Quickbooks database will be accessed very regularly from the other 3-4 PC's so does the HDD need to be fast?

Also how good/reliable is windows7 in a business application?


TAI Jason

 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software
8020 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 321865 22-Apr-2010 22:37
Send private message

Any practically any modern PC will easily handle running quickbooks and business applications.

A better approach is decide on a max budget that you want to fit within the we can give you a good idea of what parts you should look at for that budget (best bang for buck within budget)

Also consider what parts you don't need because you're re-using some you already have, typically keyboard, mouse, monitor are reused or not needed other than for setup for a "server".




BDFL - Memuneh
60006 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11106

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 321868 22-Apr-2010 22:44
Send private message

I wouldn't use any PC as a server - it's a machine where you want to store files and keep them safe. Having a PC someone is using for other tasks is risky.

What about a Windows Home Server? http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=380045 for example. Add a couple of hard disks to that to increase capacity and you could easily have duplicated storage for documents (in case a drive goes bad) and space for back up each of the office's PC as well.

This would increase overall security a bit.





xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8683 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1248

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 321923 23-Apr-2010 08:06
Send private message

You are better off having a dedicated server - reception type computers can end up with all sorts of fun stuff installed on them...inc malware/viruses which could potentially kill your application access.


Just my opinion, but for small business, I dont see the point of the extra cost of a dedicated server system (as MF has linked) when a spare PC around the office could be used. But thats me :)




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

Sea of Thieves Down Under


1046 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 61


  Reply # 322448 24-Apr-2010 19:50
Send private message

+1 for getting a stand-alone server.  Personally I would use a brand new piece of equipment too, that way you get a warranty etc.

If I was in your shoes I would use an HP ML110 server.  The question is OS for the server, if it is just going to be a P2P network then 2008 Foundation would be fine (Cannot be used at a DC (Domain Controller). 
But if the business is set to grow then running 2003/2008 standard (you can then DC Promo it up later and run the site as a domain)

It does come back down to cost in the end unfortunatly, but try get a stand alone server that is not used as a workstation by any users.

933 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 26


  Reply # 323344 27-Apr-2010 02:52
Send private message

xpd: You are better off having a dedicated server - reception type computers can end up with all sorts of fun stuff installed on them...inc malware/viruses which could potentially kill your application access.


I agree about getting two, just get a entry level PC for the receptionist and another 2nd one as your file serve

You can buy new for under $1k from any decent computer shop such as PBTech, PlayTech or ComputerLounge

heck, if you are willing to buy a reconditioned computer from any of those computer companies (which is what I personally would do) then you can go as low as $300 each for your receptionist and file server

for instance:

http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?page=63&s=Ex-leased%20PC

+

http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?page=63&s=Ex-leased%20monitors

(+ keyboard & mouse which you can just about get free with your next Happy Meal purchase from McD's)




Who I am: multi time Ironman finisher, University of Auckland graduate, Freelancer (mainly focused on website development, message me for work).

twitter.com/TersoIT

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25


New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48


Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted 2-Mar-2018 11:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.