Upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003?

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Upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003?
My office is currently running on a P2P network with Windows 98 (7 users). I will be getting 3 new employees and I’m considering moving to a Client/server based network running on Windows XP/Windows 2003 Server because the system is just so slow keeps crashing and I have backup problems. Now I just have a couple of questions so that I can get this right.

1. My current computers are slow and crashes but I’m hoping it might get better if we move to a client/server system.Is it better to get all new workstations?
2. Is it possible to install it all over one weekend or will it take longer? i.e. what’s the best way to install everything on all 10 workstations?
3. Is maintaining client/server system difficult once it is set up? What I mean is I will be performing backups and administration tasks so I’m hoping it will not be too difficult…

Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!

I will be getting someone to install it for me but I just wanted to check if this is the best thing for my business first. Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by RG
The first thing you need is an actual server. I’ve added Microsoft’s site on Windows Server 2003 Small Business Server. That seems to be what you need with only 10 staff. Server hardware will also ensure that it’ll remain up longer and if one piece of hardware fails, you won’t be totally out of commission until it gets fixed (for instance if a hard drive fails, the server keeps working). So you get the server hardware, then you have to get the server license and software. With the complexity of Microsoft Licensing, I’d recommend just calling a place like cdw and asking them what to get. Have your tech install that first, get it up and working and maybe a couple workstations that aren’t critical. It is possible to do it all in one shot, but I prefer to take safe steps myself. I would get the server up and running and then maybe get 1-2 new systems running XP Pro (make sure you get Pro and not Home). Make sure they work they way they’re supposed to, then work on transitioning all your 98 boxes to XP Pro…whether it be migrating them to new boxes…or upgrading the current ones. A decent rule of thumb might be that if they’re only 1-2 years old, upgrade them to XP (backing up first of course). Old boxed might be best to buy new and migrate the data.

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