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Should WHS be used in a Business setting?


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limeman

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I'm looking at using WHS in a hardware store. We have approx 10 administration staff. All staff have their own Win XP machine. I'd like to be able to backup files, allow each staff member their own storage folder, share files, have access to some files from home, and have the ability to restore a dead hard drive. In my opinion, Windows Home Server fits the bill just right. Am I missing something? Is there a reason I would not want to use it?
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limeman,

I did some research on your question and it appears that this does not violate the EULA. However, you are limited to 10 users - should you expand, you would not be able to add anyone else. In addition, WHS cannot use Active Directory or join an existing domain, except as another PC. That leaves you no room for expansion. Should you ever want to use Active Directory or expand beyond 10 users, you would have to upgrade to at least Small Business Server 2003.
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Thanks for your reply. You make some good points. I guess my biggest obsticle is the 10 user limit. Beyond that, I don't forsee a need for AD or other SBS functions.
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