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hello guys!

i need your help guys, here is the issue; i just opened the new office and have 10 work stations well now i want to run some e-mail service so employees can send and receive e-mails to each other.

Hardware: i have 10 Intel P4 with Ethernet port all PCs are connected to the LAN switch.
OS: winXP Pro. SP3

i don't have any kind of server yet please tell me what hardware and software i must need to accomplish the job...


any help will be appreciated...

best regards....

4ukh

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Hello 4ukh,

This is my advise to you:

Best Small Office Network for email usage:
First for most you need Internet services and this you can easily shop around depending what part of the world you are:

1) Internet is a must (And good internet connection)
2) Installations of Microsoft Outlook, with POP3/SMTP e-mail handled by a third party (usually their Internet Service Providers).
3) Bear in mind one thing thou:
a) DSL or Broadband
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)/Broadband is a relatively new technology, which brings high connection speeds to normal analogue telephone users. It is basically the telecom answer to cable.
DSL comes in two forms:
· Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), - provides different upload and download speeds (most common)
· Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL)- provides the same speed in both directions
Monthly Cost: Starts at approx. £13-£30 for ADSL per month (depending what country in world you are in UK that’s what costs)
Speed: 128Kbps - 1Mbps
Hardware Requirements: DSL modem (often included). If you want to connect multiple computers: one DSL router (approx. £50-£200)
Advantages
· Always on connection
· Can use a telephone and Internet simultaneously
· Wide variety of speeds and prices.
· Large choice of service providers (ISPs)

Disadvantages
· Available only in limited areas
· Speed vary widely
· Some providers have monthly download limits. (1GB per month is typical)
· Requires special termination equipment to be fitted by the telecom company at both ends of the telephone line.
· Exposes computer to Internet so you need to install firewall software. (Windows XP has a built in firewall).


For what you have asked I think that’s all you need anyway with ten people you need the best Internet possible though.

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for a small network, I suppose a simple SBS server should do. if you are unfamiliar with this technology, do spend a few more quid on an IT pro who will come out and set it up for you.

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Thanks for the help which is very concise OK well I've the ADSL line with the speed of 4Mb. i surf the Google/web for the best solution to adopt and i come up with the Microsoft server 2008 + Microsoft Exchange server 2007. with this combination i think i can more efficiently route the e-mils and other stuff like that but the very basic objective is to run the e-mail service locally (LAN) and over web as well...

what i am planing is: for now i just have only one office e.g. Head office with 10 employees. I'll buy a good server machine to run the MS Exchange Server 2007 and staff of the head office send/receive emails to each others and out side of the office like YOU and one more thing they can access their e-mails from there home or any other location. sooner or later i am planing to open another office in another city and i want the staff of this 2nd city office and access the same server and access their e-mails.

now what you suggest me what are the things to keep in mind first... i mean what kind of stuff it may require and what are the steps i must follow...

hope this help you if not I'll try my best to make this more easy like you...


God Bless you...


best regards


4ukh

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for a small network, I suppose a simple SBS server should do. if you are unfamiliar with this technology, do spend a few more quid on an IT pro who will come out and set it up for you.

thank you but i am planing to get the MS Exchange Server 2007... hows that...?


regards


4ukh

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