Using a PC as a File Server in Small Business

November 4, 2008

At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans we encounter a plethora of unorthodox “networks” of Microsoft PCs at small businesses in the New Orleans metro area. Yesterday Onsite Computer was called to examine data corruption at a business with a network of ten PCs using a Desktop PC as the “file server.”

When asked if he ever considered a Small Business Server 2003 (SBS 2003) instead of his desktop “server”, the business owner replied his peer-to-peer “network” can easily share files and backup from one central PC, can save money because people could share printers and does not require any special expertise, and can still provide secure access to his office PC while away from the office. Why on Earth should he purchase a server during this economic contraction?

The business owner DID have a point; however corruption of accounting data is a serious consideration that now requires attention. This business started as many entrepreneurial ventures – small with one PC. As the business grew, more PCs were purchased and networked, and until recently, the peer-to-peer network served as a cost-effective and simple method to access and manage an accounting system, share printers and internet access.

However, as a business grows, network traffic and computing requirements grow. Many would contend this business reached the limits of the file sharing capabilities of a PC and a peer-to-peer network, and now requires the file sharing capabilities of a file server. Does this sound like your small business network? Do you have a network of at least five PCs? Is your business network experiencing ‘growing pains’ as your business develops? Contact Onsite today to assess your computing needs and see why an SBS 2003 can help your business and protect your data. What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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