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Question: client-server hardware recommendations

hi! we have a project right now and we're supposed to configure hardware requirements for a fictitious company. i'm really not good at hardware so it would be really great if someone cud help! i'm not sure if i'll be able to put enough information here so anyone could understand..just reply if there's any important information that i missed... the "company" is supposed to be an international sports broadcasting company that would like to build a new library system for their stats and videos. we're supposed to work around the present hw and sw that they have and produce an efficient ( cheap but excellent ) specifications..they already have:-100-user license for a database server(Oracle 9i RDBMS)-50 Pentium 3 pc's running at 933 MHz-existing open-system architecture consisting of pc's connected thru WAN via TCP/IP and SPX/IPX, UNix and Windows2003 boxes and Novell Netware file serversthe "company" prefer that the proposed hardware follow the following specifications...SERVER:RDBMS- specifically supports Oracle RDBMS 9i- supports othermajor RDBMS (i.e. Informix, Sybase, etc) for future upgradeOS- supports Unix OR Windows2003 OR Novell Netware 4.11 higherCLIENT:OS- supports WindowsXP OR any Linux flavor OR MAC OS higherAPPLICATIONS- can accomodate Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and Oracle DeveloperMULTIMEDIA- suports audio and video playbackNETWORK- supports TCP/IP and SPX/IPX network protocolthanks to anyone who could help. I like learning this stuff but i'm also out of time..please help me! :-/Oh i forgot, here're the the technical req for the server and client hardware..SERVER:- supports 64-bit computing- min 1GB RAM- min of 200 GB hard disk- DVD writer- DAT tape drive (for back ups)- 17" SVGA color monitor or betterCLIENT:- supports 64-bit- min 256 GB RAM- min 80 GB hard disk- DVD writer- 19" monitor- video capture capability- tv output-surround sound capabilityplease tell me if i need better specifications or if i could work with smaller requirements (like if it's ok to have 128 instead of 256 RAM)...thanks so mch!

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Preferred Solution: client-server hardware recommendations

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No mail server client came with W7, that i can find, any recommendations? Thx Dorothy

Answer:No mail server client any recommendations?

Microsoft wants you to use Live Mail. I use Outlook, but Thunderbird and possibly others are options.

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My knowledge is quite limited but could anyone provide some insight and/or recommendation of the following type of servers (hardware). That is, should we looking to go for the RackMount servers or Blade? To provide some context, we’re essentially a small team of less than 15 people but looking to expand over the years, we trade daily and have a huge amount of data input. Server hardware is something we do not wish to go cheap (but within reason for a small shop like ours) on given how crucial it is, simply we want something that is effective and won’t create any major headaches in the future.

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

Min Requirements (I've been told I have been misquoted - but this what I was told):
- Server is to have 8 or 16 cores (2 to 4 CPUs) using the fastest processor available and 4GB memory.
- Raid 1 with 2x15k hard drives and Raid 10 (1+0) array are required for log and data either via direct storage or SAN.

Recommendations made to us:

Rackmount: DL360 G7 – Model 579240-421 (1 Xeon 5650/6Gb Mem)
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

Blade: BL460c G6 – Model 595725-B21 (1 Xeon E5650/6Gb Mem) with HP SB40C Blade
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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I am looking for a solution where I can plug a USB device into it, configure it with an IP, then install software on a remote system and have the USB device show up as if it was plugged into that PC, then I would install the drivers for the device.

Is there such thing as this? Basically, I want to plug a USB device somewhere on the network, into a VM that is in our ESX environment, without having to physically attach it to one of the hosts then force the VM to not move. I want it to be software based at the VM end, but not require a computer at the device end.

I'm finding lot of stuff on Google, so I'll continue going through, but if anyone has used something like this before, it would be great to hear of it.

Edit: This looks like it may do what I want, but not much details.

Answer:USB over IP hardware server, software client?

The siig one is terrible. I tried it with a client a while back, but had to replace it because it just wasn't reliable. I switched them to a Belkin network usb hub that has been pretty stable. The software isn't great and doesn't run as a service, so I have to leave a console session open to maintain the connection, though.

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software... request will most likely be ignored by others considering the fact we're here to aid people with computer problems and not with homework.

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software...

Please do your own work

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i have the server with windows 2003 SP1 and i executed replication active directory, domain controller on the new server, as i have two servers. all expect one client computer work ok.onthe problematically computer is with the windows me.
problem is:
when i shut down old server,the computer with win me drop out from domain and he don't see new server.when i power on old server the client computer work ok.i deinstalled the win me on this computer and i installed to him win xp pro but problem is same. this computer don't see new server and he don't see others client computers in network.
what i do?
i tryed to make new user account but nothing i can't because of this computer don't see new server.
on client computer light green indicator on network adapter (Realtek 8139d) all the time.
i use commands: ping with the ip address of server, with the name of server nothing, ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew, ipconfig /flushdns, ipconfig /registerdns.

ip address of old server is and new server
maybe problem is when i type ipconfig in dosprompt on new server
i receive: DNS server and DHCP

plz help me thanks

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Server OS Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Client OS: Windows 7 Professional

I recently upgraded from Home Server 2011 to Essentials 2012. This required me to create a Domain which I did, and the other PC's connect with no problem. Using the same procedure to connect my main machine, and it does not see any other computers that are in the domain when I go to network places, not even the server. I have checked that the primary DNS is pointing to 2012 Essentials server. I can connect to the other PCs by manually typing in the other PC names.

Another problem is that I cannot access the shared folders in the Dashboard. I log in as an administrator and have checked permissions. When I try to access these shared folders it gives me the access denied message.

Does anyone know what is going on with these two problems?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Answer:One client not seeing other computers in the Domain. Client OS Win7, Server OS 2012

I didn't use 2012 Essentials yet - only regular 2012 and domain is working without any problem.
Main thing is that client pc must have dns connected to server - on server you can set forwarding for external internet access.
If you have problems with domain you could try rejoin to domain on client PC - you'll verify then that everything is configured properly - I can recommend tool called Profile Wizard It's great for rejoining to domain or when you want to switch to other domain without lose your profile.
Maybe Dasboard require for local administrator privileges to work properly ?

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Just wanted to poll for info on what thin clients some of you are using, and what you recommend. We have about 30 IGELs running their proprietary Linux distro and connect them to a Server 2003 box over ICA Citrix Metaframe 3. Need to buy some more, and I wanted to see if there was anything better out there. I saw IGEL is now selling their clients with a choice of Linux, imbedded XP, or Windows CE 5.0. Never messed with either Windows install on one of these; kind of scared of trying to get CE to play nice.

Answer:Thin Client recommendations

Ive used the Neoware clients, they use CE4 (NT4 style) and they work pretty good, but I just tried out one with embedded XP and its much much nicer

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Hey folks, I'm hoping to "benefit" ( read: steal ) from your experiences with thin clients. I'm looking for a "cost effective" ( ie: cheap ) thin client which is heavily maintained and has a good central console.

Anyone have any personal experiences they'd like to share on this?

Answer:Thin client recommendations?

What are your requirements for the thin clients? Dual monitor? Linux, windows? what is it connecting to?

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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I am having an issue with offline files created offline syncing back to the server. I have set up a network share to be available offline on a client computer. All files are available offline without issue. Here is the issue however. If I set the folder to work offline any file I create in the folder when it is offline just disappears when the folder comes back online, there are no conflicts or sync failures reported in sync center. If I create a new folder offline the folder does sync back to the server. Any changes made to an existing file are also replicated back to the server once the share is back online. So the issue is only with newly created files when the share is offline. I have not been able to replicate this error on any other file server in our environment, However I have recreated the issue with multiple shares with multiple Win 7 clients on this file server.

Steps taken so far.

Checked and reset permission levels on the share.
Recreated new shares from scratch for testing.
Disabled and enabled offline files on the client computer and cleared the offline cache.
Check various registry entry settings.
Disabled cashing on the File server.
Tested with XP the issue does not exist with XP.

I have spent hours researching this error online to no avail.

The clients are running Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
The File server is Server 2003 Standard 32 bit with SP2

Any help or ideas would be most welcome.

Answer:Offline Folder sync issue, Win 7 Client Server 2003 Flie Server.

I've seen the complaints about this problem but with no clear resolution. There are some hot fixes listed that may help, updating to Windows 7 SP1 is supposed to help in some cases but nothing seems for certain.

No way for me to recreate this problem but apparently others have the same problem.

Offline created files disappear after re-connect

Browse by Tags - The troubleshooters and problem solvers... - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Administratively assigned offline files on Win7 client disappear from server (Network Steve Forum)

The Group Policy settings in the next link may have an effect on this problem.

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There is a process running on my computer called csrss.exe
I went to and looked it up and came up with 2 different things. One says it is a Trojan and needs to be removed. The same exact process name also says it is Microsoft client server runtime server and SHOULD NOT be removed.
How I am supposed to tell the difference so I do not make a mistake by either leaving it alone or removing it???

Answer:Process: csrss.exe (trojan or Microsoft Client Server Runtime Server?)

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Situation: Our group has a desktop computer tied (via ethernet cable) into a municipal network, which we pay quite dearly for. Our money allows us to utilize the city's servers for our backup, internet, and network communication needs. The city maintains the desktop's O/S and MS Office software but we are responsible for CMS and Accounting programs.

We recently (Oct '09) purchased a laptop to augment our needs, bookkeeping and data input, so we would free up the desktop for regular business needs. Not wanting to double our current usage fees, which are already running in excess of $200/mo and since the city has a WiFi hotspot in the facility where we have our office, we suggested the possibility of setting up a VPN between desktop (server) and laptop (client); having an isolated partition on the desktop that the laptop would connect to but would restrict the laptop from the city's network.

Now 3+ months later (isn't bureacracy grand?) with numerous calls and emails, I find out today that they can't do it (some sort of policy issues they could have told me back in Oct).

BUT...they would not have a problem if we were to setup our own wireless connection between the laptop and desktop. At these times tho, we COULD NOT be connected to the city's network. In essense, pulling the city's network connection off the desktop and plugging in the laptop.

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Answer:Need Hardware Recommendations

I can solve part 3 for $12. Just need to know about the router or access point.

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hi, i'm not sure if this is the right forum to be posting this, but here i go (sry of it is the wrong forum)I recently was given an assignment in one of my Year 11 computing classes...It says that i am supposed to recommend certain things to an imaginary company, with some budget limitations.of this, there are two i am having trouble in doingCan someone please tell me (or direct me to somewhere that can) some hardware recommendations for a server that can handle DCHP and DNSand back up options to provide redundancy in case of a hardware crash, a fire or other type of emergency.Any help will be greatly appreciated.....

Answer:hardware recommendations

I think for that question you have to go to  

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Wife is pregnate
Need to work from home which requires broadband & VPN to the office.
Cable Broadband is the only option.
Only available cable jack location requires wireless hardware.
Will be networking a desktop (XP Home) and a laptop (XP Pro)
Laptop will be used at work (wired) and home (wireless).


Due to the above scenerio, I need to set up a wireless network at my house that incorporates a cable broadband connection, a desktop and a laptop that will be used at work and at home that will be able to use a VPN that connects to work. I do not have any of the hardware to accomplish this task, which looks like it will require a cable modem, router/access point and nic cards.

Based on this information, what wireless standard and brand of hardware would you recommend? I am leaning toward the Linksys brand, as they have all the components I need and will essentially be a "matched" set. Also, periodically I will be printing and transfering 10mb+ Word docs back and forth.

Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Hardware Recommendations

I've used some Linksys stuff and it has worked great for me. They have routers with access points built in which would work perfect for your situation. They also have a signal booster should u run into some issues with that.

I would however deviate just a little from Linksys for the laptop. The linksys PCMCIA network cards work, but I hear that a card like an Orinoco Gold (for 128-bit WEP) or a Silver (for 64-bit WEP) is more sensitive and therefore could possibly give you better range or speeds.

If you can afford it and you'd like better speeds, go with 802.11 G. B will work, but G should give you better speeds. Just check on the Orinoco cards supporting the G standard. (I'm not 100% sure cuz I was looking for one for a B access point.

Good luck!

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A friend is moving his business, and the new business park that he's setting up shop in does not have anyway to get any wired internet to his building, excluding a T1 line, which he can't justify the cost of.

One windows 7 machine acts as the server, primarily for Quickbooks database, and there are two other windows 7 machines that are clients, reading off said database.

He's getting one of those usb dongles for wireless internet service, for the server only (the other two computers will be tethered to a smartphone for internet for QB and windows updates periodically).

They do NOT want to share the servers wireless connection to the other machines.

My only concern was if the server will continue to try to check the LAN for internet connectivity, or will it check both network connections when one fails, or is there a setting I can tell them to change to ensure it knows to go to the wireless dongle for internet all the time, without interfering with the workstations talking to the server over the LAN to get to the database?

The setup at the old office was business class DSL, they are using a relatively new Linksys router, which had the DSL authentication information.

Thank you!

Answer:LAN network for server/client only, USB hotspot for server internet.

I managed to find a solution this morning, for anyone that's interested, the whole article is here: Multiple Network Connections at the Same Time on Windows | Ivan Zlatev

But the short answer is, under the advanced properties of TCP/IP v4, uncheck automatic metric, set your internet to a value of 1, and the LAN to a value of 9999.

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was trying to network my computer to the server but keep getting the message 'server not responding from client computer' can anyone help please.

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I'm looking at setting up windows 2003 terminal servers all over the place to replace the awful thing people are currently doing here - vncing servers with one small shared password among everyone <holding my hands over my ears for the backlash>. Don't blame me, it's another awful legacy I have to get rid of...

1. I've got to set up a Terminal Server Licensing server and was thinking about putting this on my second domain controller. I was wondering what would happen in this server dies, though. Is there some way of having resilience in this scenario? Perhaps a second Licensing server or something, the way you have 2 or more Domain Controllers?

2. Also, I know that Windows XP has an RDP client, I've used before on many occasions, but what about all the Windows 2000 clients that I still have out there. What should I do for them to access the new Terminal Servers?

Answer:Terminal Server license server(s)? RDP client for Windows2K?

I'm not 100% sure on #1, but I believe that the TS licensing becomes integrated into the AD, so if one DC goes down, the other one will be able to check licensing. On another note, if you are using the TS for administration only, I don't believe you needs the TS Licensing to be installed.

For #2, you can download the latest version of the RDP client from MS's website. It should also be available through Windows Updates, although I think Win2K isn't supported any longer, other than Critical Updates.

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Hi I'm working on a client/server with the Java programming language and trying to figure out how to protect my server. With my current Virus/Firewall protection suite theres nothing I can do to keep out unwanted Java applications on the port I choose to allow the Java SE Binary through for clients accessing the server application. ESET Smart Security 4 is what I am using. Does anybody know of a security suite that would allow only a specific Java application to get through the firewall? I'm not to sure on this subject because my firewall is identifying any Java application as only the "Java SE Binary" and not I'm sure if you can even really name your Java application like you would something you would write in C++. Any information would be appreciated, thank you.

Answer:Java Server/Client + Server Firewall Safety

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Does anyone have any recommendations on external hardware?? My laptop is getting full and I want to put all my music, movies, and pictures on the external hardware. Please help!! Thanks!!

Answer:External Hardware Recommendations

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Well, its about time to start the next certification quest, ccnp.
When I worked on the CCNA, I used a sim software instead of real equipment. It wasn't bad, and it allowed me to easily pass the test, but it wasn't quite the same, and had some functionality missing and some quirks.
So for the CCNP series I would like to actually get some hardware to work with. So for those who have taken the CCNP, or those just in the know, what equipment would you recommend? It would be nice if I could get some of the big iron that we have at work, but that is just not economically feasible. I would like to keep the cost under $1000 if at all possible.

Answer:CCNP lab hardware recommendations

Hey, I've been looking for equipment as well but I'm a cheap ass and I can't afford anything. There are lots of auctions out there that can give you an idea what most people have and if you want to change it or not is up to you.

Looks like 3-4 2500s plus 2-3 1912 switches and a bunch of other stuff. Makes a decent lab, gives a little bit of everything, I think he is charging too much, you might be able to buy all of them seperately cheaper or if you shop around for a different lab.

good luck!

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Hi, i am in the process of setting up a small business - we require an electronic data management system that needs to be uploaded onto a host server.

As we are a small business but hope to expand, would we be best placed to purchase a small server for our data sharing and storage needs that we can upgrade as the business expands or initially start off with a cloud storage server?

We will be working from a small office in quite a rural location but the main scope of the business will be out and about carrying out surveys that need to be uploaded onto the data management system.

Any advice would be greatly received.

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Hey guys I'd like to see what you guys think of my system and where you think I could improve on my set up with out buying a new mobo and cpu.

ECS N2U400-A :
Specs: Nvidia 2 chipset
FSB 400
Dual Channel DDR400
6 Channel Audio
10/100 LAN

AMD 2700+ XP
256MB DDR 2700, WD 80GB IDE 7200 8mb cache, WD 8GB 5400,
ATI Radeon SDR 64mb, Creative Labs PCI 16 4.1, 52x cdrom, Toshiba 4x DVD-RW, Creative Labs 56k v.92 modem. Generic Mid-Tower with 480mm fans intake, 1 80mm fan side exhuast, 1 60mm rear exhaust fan. 350w PS.

Thats what I have. I would like to know where you think I can greatly improve system performance. While keeping the same board and processor. I'm running Win XP prof SP1.

Answer:Hardware Upgrade Recommendations

Definitely more RAM. Another 512MB of RAM would make the most difference.

Not exactly relating to your physicial computer, but if you're still using that 56k modem, broadband is a great upgrage

[Edit] If you intrested in gaming, a new video card is in order.

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I am having a few problems with my system freezing up and have tried many things to stop it. The only thing that seems to work is under clocking my system running the bus speed at 100 rather than 133. It wasn't a very hight spec machine any way so now I think I am going to upgrade.

Basically I want advice on what to get and make sure it all fits together nicely and is compatible. Ok here is what I need to buy:

Power Supply
Sound Card
Extra CPU Fan ???
Windows XP?

Here is what I want to keep from my current system:

The Case
Graphics Card (Radeon 8500LE)
Floppy Drive
80 Gig HDD
20 Gig HDD
USB Stuff

I really want to have a system that is going to last me the next couple of years so maybe 2ghz plus with 3/4 to 1 gig of memory. I mainly use it for games and am quite happy with my graphics card at the moment even though it is getting out of date. I think I want to update the rest of the stuff first and can't really afford both.

Any suggestions of places to buy cheap kit (I am in the UK) and recommendations of what to buy would be great. I hope to keep to a budget of around maybe £300 but could stretch to a bit more if needs be.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hardware Advice and Recommendations Please...

are you wanting to go with Intel or AMD?

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hello -

i work at home and i have a business line coming into my house and i host several non-production functions for the company.

due to some ever-bungling changes at comcast, i will soon be without any sort of NAT/Firewall hardware.

i'm looking at this netgear equipment for the job:

there's one feature that i really need however, and i do not know exactly what to call it (port forwarding sounds too broad, though it may be correct.).

here's the scenario - a fellow developer cannot connect to my development sql server because his ISP does not allow port 1433 transmissions.
so i receive his 14333 transmission and route it internally to x.x.x.x:1433.

this is a must.

other than that, it looks like i can get what i need out of a wide range of products.

any help would be appreciated.

Answer:I need recommendations on NAT/Firewall hardware

I'm not real familar with that particular unit but from reading the information on that page it sounds like it should do everything you need and then some.

As for the issue with connecting to your SQL server - you are looking for port forwarding, however you have to make sure the router you go with supports setting seperate internal and external ports, I think most routers now days do, and a higher end unit like the one you are looking at should have it. You basically set the external port to listen to and then set what internal IP and port it needs to be forwarded to.


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I'm in the process of installing an application server that requires SQL Server 2008 R2 (x64) on a separate device. However, I'm noticing this error message whenever I try to install the application through its proprietary configuration tool:


ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to create database. Error: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections (provider: TCP Provider, error: - = No such host is known).
ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to drop database
ERRO: The provided SQL user may not have permissions to create and drop databases.
ERRO: ConfigureServer: The Configuration did not validate
ERRO: Task 'ValidateConfiguration' Failed (Exit Code=1)

This is what I have done so far:

On Server:
- Installed Client Tools
- Set it as Mixed-Mode Authentication (Windows + SQL)
- Created inbound rule on Windows Firewall to allow TCP 1433 (SQL Connection) and UDP 1434 (SQL Browser Service) from a small IP scope (only have four "test" servers in my network) under Domain, Public, and Private
- Created SQL accounts in Server Management Studio and verified that they are able to connect to SQL
- Checked DB instance in Server Management Studio to allow remote connections to the server
- Checked in Server Configuration Manager > Native Client 10.0 Configurat... Read more

Answer:Client(s) can't connect to SQL Server 2008 R2 server

You were on the right track, but having the server listen on localhost/ may or may not be what you want. Regardless, you need to tell SQL to bind to the ethernet interface since you're trying to connect to it over the network.

Do a netstat -a on the server and see if you have or the ethernet interface:1433. You could also do telnet serverip 1433.

If it's not listening on the desired interface, you need to look up how tell SQL to bind to that interface (I don't know, I'm not familiar with it either).

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I'm being asked more and more recently advice on a backup solution, mainly for people who have very little knowledge of PCs

In most cases the people have quite a lot of data , maybe 16GB of photographs, 5-10GB of music, documents etc.
for example today I migrated a system with 20GB of photos going back to 2001.
Normally I would advise to backup onto two separate external harddrives, as they are quite cheap now, I have also recommended a NAS drive , but thats a single point of failure, but very useful, when you have a family household with multiple devices.

I wondered what other members here do any cheap hardware solutions to this increasing problem


what software people use

i have used and recommended synctoy,

what free/very low cost solutions are available - that are reliable and remember the audience I'm particularly focused on do not know PCs very well (quite a few in there 80s and only just started to use a PC for the first time), but most are now on windows 7

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My company has a new site consisting of 5 PCs connected to a cable modem.

I'm looking to protect their LAN with a hardware and/or software firewall. Something easy to administer and inexpensive but effective. So far my ideas for a software firewall are Zonealarm Pro, hardware firewall perhaps a Netscreen 5?

Also any recommendations on how to set it up to be very effective would be appreciated.

Answer:Software/Hardware firewall recommendations


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Hey everyone. I am going to build my second computer and wanted some tips on hardware to pick. This is what I was thinking.
COOLER MASTER CM Stacker STC-T01-UWK Black/Silver Front panel with Black side panels Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: STC-T01-UWK
Item #: N82E16811119039

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N32-SLI Deluxe
Item #: N82E16813131568

GIGABYTE GV-3D1-7950-RH Geforce 7950GX2 1GB (512MB x2) GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card - Retail (2 of these)
Model #: GV-3D1-7950-RH
Item #: N82E16814125035

FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX700-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W All-In-One Power Supply - Retail
Model #: FX 700-GLN
Item #: N82E16817104015

AMD Athlon 64 FX60 Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADAFX60CDBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103608

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA NCQ 3Gb/s ST3160812AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (2 of these in raid 0 hopefully)
Model #: ST3160812AS
Item #: N82E16822148105

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
Model #: 30SB035000000
Item #: N82E16829102178

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Let me know what you guys think. Could i do better for cheaper? Should i invest a bit more to get alot more performance or should I go for less high end hardware and save some money but still have a powerfull computer? If you... Read more

Answer:Buling New Computer Want Recommendations on Hardware

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G'day Guys,

I'm looking at putting Vyatta onto a small router style platform. I'm looking for something that has multiple 10/100MB ports and a WAN port, so I can customize to my hearts content. I'm looking for small form factor, quiet (preferably passive cooled, but not vital), and fairly inexpensive. Re-purposing a device from eBay is fine as well. Suggestions?

Cheers in advance!

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Hey, what is a good program to test the RAM, HD, and MB components?

This computer here has brief halts every few seconds. Its not running smoothly. I know the monitor has shown a strange red screen before. The sound is distorted and cracky. It takes a long time to restart or shutdown the computer.

I figured testing the RAM, MB, and HD would help me narrow things down. I know the HDD had virus problems before and was reformatted by another guy. I originally built this computer and had no problems for the few months I had it before giving it to a friend.

2 GB DDR2-667 Super Talent
CPU E4300 C2D
GPU ATI Radeon X1650 Pro, 512 MB AGP...MB also has PCIe video card slot.
HDD Seagate 320 GB

Answer:Recommendations for hardware testing programs?

You probably already know about this, but this is a wonderful diagnostics tool, that a guy on here recommended to me: you can check it out:

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EDIT - Yeah, whoops, there's a sticky on this... doh! Nevermind...

Hey folks, I'm studying for my CCNA and I'm looking at picking up some cheap networking hardware to do some experimenting and lab work with.

I've been browsing eBay looking for good deals, but I'm not entirely sure what I should spring for.

I'd like to keep it all as cheap as possible, but I don't want to aim so low that I won't have the hardware I need to do everything I need to do.

Currently all I've really got is a laptop, a mid-end desktop (Triple-core Phenom), and a couple low-end test bed machines to work with currently. I've been doing some monkeying around with Linux server distros and experimenting with some virtualization in lieu of having any good hardware to work with. I've also got enough spare components floating around to probably build another low-end desktop, but I'd rather not.

I figure you guys can give me some good advice. Money is tight, so I only have a couple hundred bucks to work with. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Answer:CCNA study: hardware recommendations? Sticky thread like 2 posts above yours!


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I'm new to PFsense and this subforum.

Im trying to build a sub $200 PF sense system strong enough to support Snort.

I heard a celeron J1800 has enough power but most systems mitx that i have found use Realtek which I have heard is not compatible with PFSense

In order to counter that I have been recommended something like this aliexpress:

but I would personally preffer something ship from here.

I have seen people in the forum (here) mention a intel NUC but most with my requirements surpass the budget.

Alix (some recommendations) do not seem strong enough.

I have also looked at Foxxconn and Zotac mini pc barebones (no idea if these work).

Do you guys have any recommendations?
I preffer sd card as storage but I'm open to opinions.

Note I'm not an expert at these jsut barely try to install it on my old laptop but was unable to due to hw not being compatible.

Answer:PFSense hardware recommendations (newb)

An old server with dual Intel NICs may be your best bang for your buck or run it in a VM to try it out. If you use an SD card make sure you use the correct version of pfsense so it does not constantly use the card.

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I popped into my local branch of comet to buy a mains adaptor for my Kodak digital camera, my jaw made an audible bang as it hit the floor after being told that a 3 volt adaptor for the camera is ?25. My question is what sites do you use for purchasing accesories etc for digital cameras, my other question is am i being stupid assuming that a 3 volt mains adaptor would be less than ?25 ???

Answer:Online hardware purchasing recommendations?

Well, ?25 seems about right if it is a special one for a camera - the one for my camera gets plugged in instead of a battery and costs roughly the same. If it is a standard adaptor, then it sounds a little high.

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I need to build a few custom Untangle UTM boxes for a few clients coming up in the next few months and I am looking for some recommendations, general thoughts, your experience, etc on the hardware and enclosure. Most of the places I have found that sell the rack mount enclosures I am not sure of their reputation and a lot of them are mini-ITX VIA based solutions, not sure if that will be enough power for me.

The requirements are the boxes have to be rack-mountable in a standard network rack using just the ears, no 4-post and no rail support. I would like either 1U or 2U and it needs to look like an appliance, not a server.

One of these will be going into an off-campus apartment complex that is housing nothing but college kids, about 200, that do nothing but download pr0n and movies on the bittorrent so I am thinking dual-core 2GHz+ CPU, 1-2GB RAM and an 80GB SATA drive. Will either get a mobo with dual-LAN ports or just a second PCI NIC.

So, do you guys have any particular cases that you recommend or have experience with? Any retailers that specialize in these types of appliances that I just missed? I apparently do not have the ability to use google like I used to, most of my results turn up junk or just places in Europe . . .

Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Building custom UTM appliance, need hardware recommendations

Supermicro makes some very good stuff.

Are you going to run that as a proxy as well? Anyway I would prob go with 2 gigs to be safe. I would look into setting up a raid 1 for that if possible to lower downtime.

Anyway in the past I've used logic supply to built some appliances. Last few for captive portals where a 1ghz via chip will do fine. I built them using the Morex 5677 case and just mounted the case to the wall(your solution will need a little more then this though) With that though you could always get a short 1u case from them and built one off a mini-itx solution. Would draw less power and make less noise then that supermicro setup. Run a core2 mobile chip or an amd mobile chip.

Total built could be had for under 800 bucks. I'm sure you could get it in for less with some work.

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I've been scouring the net for recommendations on hardware that enhances the Vista x64 Media Centre experience. Like a TV tuner card with IR Blaster (I have a satellite dish with set top box) that works well with x64 Vista. A remote control that enables change volume, etc. I'm not looking to break the bank but I'd also like to buy something that works well.

I've read several posts at this site and others about people having driver, compatibility, operability, and the like issues with hardware and Vista Media Centre.

Looking for anyone out there with factual opinions on further enhancing my Vista media centre? Thoughts? Products? Comments?

Many thanks in advance for your shared input, information and experiences.


Answer:Vista x64 Media Centre Hardware Recommendations

Nobody has a recommendation for a TV Tuner that works well with Vista x64 Media Center that includes IR Blaster Functionality for controlling a satellite set-top box?

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I'm looking for an inexpensive hardware RAID PCI E x16 or x1 card. It seems that they are at least $100 for one with 2 ports, anyone know of anything cheaper? Refurbished cards would be fine too.

I appreciate the responses!

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I've got a client who sends out 2,000 or so faxes per week using a fax service. They fax to client they have in their ACT database. Right now, they're using a online service to do this.

They're looking to cut some costs and want me to look into fax servers for them. What do you guys recommend? Any other suggestions for me?

Basically, they'd like to maintain a database of fax numbers and send out mass faxes one or two times a week to these 2,000 or so numbers. Let me know if you need more info.

Answer:Fax Server Recommendations

We use an online service - we usually only send out 500 faxes at a time though. We used to send out the faxes through our in-house program, but for the amount of time it tied up the lines, plus the long distance charges, it got pretty expensive.

We use and they charge six cents per page faxed in the USA. I doubt you could come in cheaper with a fax server.

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I am looking to purchase some used Dell servers. I need some basic specs on what to look for. I am looking to purchase 3 servers. Two of them I need to purchase with a legal license. This is to prepare myself as much as possible for all the exams I plan on taking soon. Yes this is going to cost a little bit but its much cheaper then the 26K Centriq wanted for classes.
They probably dont have to that powerful do they?
1 for Windows Server 2003 to practice for my MCSA
1 for Windows SBS- To practice setting up a exchange server/blackberry server
1 for Windows Home server- this one is for me, I just want to try it out.

What should I look for in processor spec,memory, hard drives?

Answer:Server recommendations

You don't need to invest in used Dell servers.

Throw together a cheap box with multiple drives for RAID and have at it. A cheap Intel dual core with 2GB RAM would be fine.

Then get the best deal you can find on SBS2003. Either demo, partner pack, student discount, Ebay, whatever.

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I would like suggestions and recommendations on buying a new server. My primary needs are hosting an internet based software application, domain controller and antivirus server.

I've been looking at the Dell PowerEdge Tower Servers and I really like those and the pricing. Trying to keep it under $2500.

Any suggestions on hardware specs?

Answer:Recommendations on new Server

What type of server do you want? rackmount or a tower server.

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I'm looking to streamline some company procedures, and would like to know if anyone can recommend a fax server for a small business.

Our service techs fax in their worksheets currently, so we end up with hard copies floating around the office. We're thinking that we can use a fax server to facilitate storing digital copies for better record keeping. I know small biz server 2003 has this capability, but I'm leary about installing a modem on my server (power surge more than security). And most of the server based apps cost more than I can justify spending.

So essentially what I'm looking for is a stand alone program for XP pro. Big plus if it can route traffic by the ID of the senders fax machine. Stability and a relatively simple user interface are also important.

Thanks for any recommendations.

Precision IT

Answer:Fax server recommendations

Ok,,,I'm looking for basically the same thing. I was using a client/server setup, but now most of our applications are web-based and we are going back to 5 workstations setup on a peer to peer network. All workstations are windows xp pro and we need to be able to share one fax modem to send and receive faxes. Any fax server software recommendations???

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If you had to chose between Dell and another OEM manufacturer for a server to be used in a 1-20 user/employee/computer office network, which OEM would you go for? For a long time I have been recommending/selling Dell servers to my SMB clients (mainly the Poweredge T series) and am pretty comfortable working with these servers. However, I'm also a Lenovo business partner and they seem to have some aggressive pricing. Have any of you used Lenovo servers lately? Pros/cons? Warranty support good? I noticed HP is now selling Microsoft software licenses as a kit when you purchase a server, appearing to be discounted, even if you were to buy the licenses separately through a volume agreement.

Also, being that most of my clients in the 1-20 user/employee/computer office environment are looking at their bottom line, how would you configure a new server (not skimping on specs but not spending $$$ on features that wouldn't be fully used) to run Microsoft SBS 2008 (some using Exchange, others not yet but may in future)? RAID1/5/10? 8GB RAM enough? Intel Xeon E5600 series processor? SATA or SAS drives?

Here is what I would normally build out a server from Dell:
single Intel Xeon E5620 processor
PERC RAID card configured in RAID1
500GB SATA drives x 2
SBS2008 (I don't have much experience with SBS2011 yet, figured it would be best to let others work out any potential issues first)

Good or bad?

Answer:SMB server recommendations

I have sold a lot of HP's, I personally think their service levels are better than dell, they don't give me the run around on basic crap.

Config is ok, but if your running SBS you should really get some 10K SAS drives, 15K is the budget allows for it. SBS services are hogs

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I am building a server for work and I would like some recommendations or opinions since I am quite new to this. The server will have around 10 clients and will be running an MS-SQL database with around 80.000 entries and growing&#8230;

1) Should I go with Dual Intel Xeon processor 2.8GHz with 512KB cache or Single Intel Xeon processor 3.0GHz with 1MB cache ? Price is the same.

2) And last but not least, will I benefit a lot if I go SCSI on the drives or should I just stick to SATA which is 1/4 the price ? In both cases, I&#8217;ll be running RAID 1.

3) Which OS should I choose ? Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server ? Pros and cons ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Server recommendations

Server 2003, no reason to go 2000 now that it's out. There's a debate out there that two lower clocked procs are the same speed as a higher clocked single proc because the single gets work done in half the time and can hit the next job sooner. If you are only providing one service, I'd think single would be fine. Especially with more cache. I'd also recommend take a serious look at the Opteron instead of the Xeon. Not to turn this thread into a debate, but I believe the Opteron dominates in SQL and costs less to boot. As for storage, I'd either do SATA in RAID5 or SCSI in RAID1 assuming you don't have a lot of money to spend on storage...

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Hey all,A question beyond my expertise was aimed at me today:A client has 5 computers running XP / ME / 98 / 2K and varying versions of Outlook on a network. At the moment, whoever presses send / receive gets the present crop of e-mails.They obviously need a mail server, but don't have the cash, or the infastructure, for MS Exchange.What else is out there? I need something that the client will run on anything from ME to XP, with the host post-box running on a server machine (a 600mhz, Win98 box used as a printer server and internt gateway at the moment) and can be accessed by Outlook 97 to 2003 / XP. It just has to provide shared access to a mailbox at the moment, although the option of multiple e-mail addresses later on would be a plus.Hit me. Please.

Answer:Mail Server Recommendations

Hmm, a 600mhz, Win98 box used as a printer server and internt gateway at the momentlol, now we have a problem.The only mail server I would suggest is Merak, or something. Qmail isnt bad either. These may not run very well on win 98.Win 98 as an internet gateway is a bit poor, personally, either upgrade to Windows server 2003 SMB edition, which is £155 for OEM version I think, for 5 clients.Thats oneway, or get Linux. Linux will be mroe secure / faster / reliable and will do everything your w98 box does. :-) Plus it can do mail server too, becuse you have postfix, and I'm sure you could find some way of making it work with MS outlook with server data access.However, please be warned that Linux can be complex to set-up - but it would be best if you could get someone in who knows about linux. :-)

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Hi kats.

I thought I'd asked this once before, but I'll be darned if I can find it in a search of my own posts.

I have a client who wants to set up an internal e-mail server, i.e. just one mailbox on a file-serving machine, connected to a bunch of baby outlooks across the network, allowing all users to see one "pool" of incoming messages, and then pull them off onto their individual machines, so that they disappear from said server.

I know that I'm describing exactly the job of Exchange, but this is a small organization, and Exchange costs a wad, and the only server capacity needed is that of this two-tier mailbox. Are there other alternatives out there? Ideally, the thing I'm looking for would be simple enough for a (relatively) sharp db programmer (yours truly) to figure out, configure, and run, without too much hassle, but with enough power to go (and go gooooooooood) on a Win 2k network.

Your input is always appreciated.

Answer:Email server recommendations

how about something like Pegasus' mercury mail transport system
<i>Mercury Mail Transport System: Mercury is a free, standards-based mail server solution, providing comprehensive, fast server support for all major Internet e-mail protocols. It is supplied in two versions, one hosted on Windows systems, the other running as a set of NLMs on Novell NetWare file servers.</i>

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I'm running a Windows XP p2p network and am using an old PII 500Mhz computer with about 128MB of older SDRAM and a 120 gig PATA 7200 RPM drive as a pseudo-file-server. I say pseudo because it's still a peer, but I don't use it other than as extra storage for the other computer. Anyways, I'm using it to store large binary files which I access often, MP3's movies and such. Now my network is only 100Mbps Ethernet which is probably the bottleneck. But even pulling smaller files around 30KB are taking at least 30 seconds to load up. I'm upgrading my one system and I'll have a P4 2.4Ghz with a 500GB SATA drive and 1 GIG of DDR400 (3200) RAM to use for a new file server. Do you think this will remedy the problem of a 30 second delay? Or am I just crapping up a wall because I'll still have the bottle neck of the 100Mbps Ethernet?

Also, I've ordered SUSE Linux 10.2 to use for one of my computers. I'll be breaking my Linux cherry with this install. Should I use it for the server or for the main computer that I work off of? I really do want to learn as much about Linux as possible with this OS. I also have a version of FreeBSD which I was thinking about using for the server, but I have no idea if it would even be compatible with the hardware I'm going to have. My other choices that I have are using Windows NT 4 which I know for sure would not support the hardware without some major driver digging and chopping up the harddrive in... Read more

Answer:File Server hw & sw recommendations please

For me, a file copy from a P2-233 128MB RAM is limited only by the network speed (10Mbit ethernet (I'm not in a hurry )). A 30K file gets here (over wireless) pretty much instantaneously. My server is not Windows though.

So your problem with Windows either on the server or the client most likely.
How exactly are you accessing the files on the server? Do you have a network drive mapped?

Reinstalling Windows from scratch on a more powerful machine may fix your problems of course

SuSE will not install on the 500MHz - too little RAM for the installer. BSD should run just fine.

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Hello,Could anyone please recommend a good hosting company to host a website written in ASP.Net with a SQL Server 2005 database ?I normally favour Heart Internet, but they don't offer Windows hosting.I'd be grateful for any suggestions please.

Answer:ASP.Net / SQL Server Hosting Recommendations

click here

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My firm has a number of PC's running Winfax 9 software to print faxes direct from any application (under Win98se). After various tribulations involving putting a correct line in Win.ini (believe me!) this works just fine and is an excellent solution.

It's expensive on individual phome lines, however, so we wanted a networked fax solution with just one PC acting as a fax server. The network is Novell 6.5 IP only. We were advised to use RelayFax, and installed it on a brand-new Win XP pro server PC. There are problems....well basically it doesn't work!

First we found we have to add Microsoft client for networking as well as the Novell client on each PC, before we could even see the fax server. Having sorted that, the faxing works but extremely erratically. Sometimes fax pages are not sent, sometimes a cover page several times and no furthe pages, oh, you name it.

Are we douing anything wrong, or do we just junk it and get something else?

Any recommendations welcome, but please only if you know it works in our specific environment - Win98 clients, IP protocol, Novell 6.5 server.

Answer:Fax server software recommendations

I think you may find Tobit FaxWare a good contender:
FaxWare 7, Complete Fax Server incl. 5 users, 1 Port (ELD) 475,00 / 551,00
incl. 25 users 975,00 / 1.131,00
incl. 50 users 1.975,00 / 2.291,00
(Prices in Euro, Nett / Gross)

Lots of UK reps all over the place:

Lots more to wade through, if you feel so inclined:

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I’m looking at installing a new server, and want some hardware suggestions. The details of what I’m going to be using the server for are below. I want to build this sever, so if you would please post what you would recommend for either specific hardware, or a general hardware setup, I’d appreciate it. I realize that using one server for all of this might not be the ideal solution, but budget and space limitations in my rack only allow for the addition of one box.

•Server will be running MS Server 2003 (I want about 30 – 40 gigs available for the operating system drive or partition)
•Active Directory will need to be handling approximately 50 users
•Will be running SUS to push out updates
•Run the management client for Norton Antivirus
•Use a separate drive for storage of desktop backups (each backup is approximately 2 gigs –40 backups take place)
•Run our desktop inventory software (Syslist). This is not a very taxing application
•Run raid level one for server backup

Some areas that I’m most curious about are:

•Do you recommend going dual processor for this setup? What brand motherboards have you had good experiences with? What should I stay away from?
•What do you recommend going for as far as a processor is concerned? Our current box uses dual Opteron 64-bit processors—do I need to go this beefy? What are some pros and cons of AMD vs Intel offerings?
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Answer:New Server Setup --- Recommendations Please!

If this is for a business, not a home situation.. I do recommend buying a HP Proliant or the like so that you can have the 4 hour responce time. If any of the hardware dies, it is nice to have the part in hand that quickly.

True it costs more, but if uptime matters, that is the way to do it.

Otherwise, just be sure to buy quality parts.... But even Supermicro or Tyan support is terrible in comparison to HP server or IBM server support.


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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.


Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.

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I would like to know how to configure a Windows Server that will host a windows Diskless Client, I've read a lot of forums and blogs regarding this subject and I even tried to applied those summarized guide but until now I'm still stuck, and I hope someone
in this forum can help me or give me a detailed guide to this particular subject. I would really appreciate whatever suggestion or support that may give to me. 

Thank you,

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Hi all,
I plan on getting an xbox solely for XBMC and want to build a file server that would hold all media to stream to the xbox. My question is, do i need a powerfull PC in order to stream ~4gb movies, 720p videos and the likes? Powerfull videocard needed or can on onboad VC work fine?

Thanks in advanced

Answer:Media Storage server recommendations

If you are using XBMC + PC fileserver, then you don't need a powerful CPU or video card. The PC is not decoding video at all, just moving bits from hard disk to network.

One thing you might want to think about, classic xbox with XBMC does not have enough horsepower to play 720p/1080i content AFAIK

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Any one know what a good one is that is USB?

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I need to set up a server to take the place of what is now a workstation doing double duty. Down time at this location is not an option.

I plan on a single workstation-type computer with redundant hard disks and an automated backup system that images the hard disk every couple of days as well as backs up the mission-critical data every two hours to an external device. This will be the primary.

Next to that computer will be another computer built with the exact hardware as the first. It will not be connected to anything. It will not even be plugged in. It will be there in case of a serious hardware failure on the primary system. In the event of a failure on the primary, the hard drives in the primary will be physically moved to the secondary.

Cost is one of the least factors.

Does anyone see holes in this idea? Is there a better way?

Answer:Need recommendations for server setup with redundancy.

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I have a good customer who runs a very small (3 person) office and reads up on all of the latest tech trends and wants to move his data from his 2003 server to "the cloud".

He's got around 50GB of data last I knew, most of which (around 30GB) is family pics that he keeps on his office server for whatever reason. The rest of it is MS Office docs & spreadsheets and a ton of PDF scans.

He's out of space on the old Dell 2003 server and dislikes it's slow speed. Their previous IT company sold them the server and did Windows software RAID (yuck). My suggestion was a new low-end server with a real RAID if he wants the speed over what he has. I told him another solution would be to just add new drives and RAID controller to the server he has, it's running fine.

I explained to him that opening his files across "the cloud" will not be any faster (likely slower) than his current slow server. New local server is the way to go. He won't have it though..... he wants "the cloud".

No changes required on their current hosted e-mail.

He's looking at Rackspace and "1 & 1" for the hosted server (both $$$).

Anybody have any experience with those two (or other) vendors?

Any other suggestions?

Answer:Cloud (hosted server) recommendations?

Rackspace is solid (and expensive).

Does he just use it for file hosting? How about jungledisk?

If he won't have the idea of keeping it locally, let him do it. Then charge him to migrate the data back in house when he realizes that it's a stupid idea. You make more money because you were honest and told him it's not a good idea so it's not your fault.

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I need a cost effective printing solution. I have an old router that I am using as a print server. The only problem is that newer printers don't have the parallel interface (they are USB). I would like to get a printer that I can refill like the Canon IP3000, IP4000, etc. These seem to be my four options:

1. Get a new USB print server and printer
2. Find a printer that has a parallel jack. (Only one I have found is the IP4000 which is pretty expensive).
3. Get a network capable printer and eliminate the print server.
4. Get some kind of parallel to usb adapter that I can use on my current print server (Is there even such a device?)

Which solution costs the least (also in terms of refill ink costs)?
What equipment do you recommend I buy?


Answer:Need printer/print server recommendations

If you're on Windows, share the printer to other computers on the network. Free and simple. Only caveat is that the computer the printer is hooked up too has to be on when you want to print.

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hi guys,

i have a netger fs3358 (not too sure of the model,would have to go look at it again)
firewall/vpn device...

i want to connect my laptop to the netgear box then be able to login to my domain on the server.
can i use any vpn software or would i have to pay for netgears vpn client (there is a charge,gives 30 day trial)

i would think i would get better performance this way than using microsofts built in vpn client server model...

Answer:can any software vpn client join any vpn hardware?

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I have a client with a web server running Windows 2000 Professional. They also have a server on the network running NT 4. They have been told that there is a device that will route requests to the NT server if the 2000 server is down that costs about $100. I have not heard of such an animal, and if anybody can shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. The device should somehow, I suppose, automatically detect that the machine at IP address A is not responding, and route the web request to IP address B. Anybody?

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So I have friend that's wireless router recently died and needs to get something new. However, she recently bought a new laptop and wants to move away from her desktop, which is about 6yrs old, and do everything wirelessly. This was information that I was not privy to prior to having her buy a D-Link DIR-615 and now needs to upgrade.

Anyways, she uses HughesNet as her ISP (remote area) and the router will take some special configuration to work with thier NAT/DHCP based satellite modem. Anyways, am I right in assuming as long as the router has a USB interface that I should be able to hook up any USB printer to is and be able to share the printer on the network? I am currently looking at getting her a D-Link DIR-628 if the above is true (and no brand does not matter but price does, less than $100, cheaper if possible).

Answer:Wireless Router with print server recommendations....

is it an all-in-one printer (scanner fax), or is it a standard printer? I'm sure there's a compatibility list of approved printers. Those All in ones often don't play nice with wireless bridge's or print servers.

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Hi anyone in the know here able to recommend a good host based in the UK prefferably running Redhat.Must be a LAMP server,Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

Answer:Any recommendations for a good lamp server host?

The vast majority of UK (and worldwide) hosts are running Linux servers (in one form or another) with some also offering Windows or specialising in it.Try Areti click hereTop company, top service.Why is Red Hat so important ?

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A few of our people have ongoing problems with spam.
I would really just like to install spam filtering at the server level- so it never reaches their inboxes.

NOD32 is great anti-virus, now what is great anti-spam?

Answer:Spam Filter for Exchange Server (Recommendations)

Barracuda all the way. I have yet to find anything that works better on a consistent basis and I have test almost all of the major products.

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My company is using FortiClient (installed before my time here) and I HATE it. I want to give some recommendations to my boss who is the IT Director. I seem to be going towards Kaspersky but wondered what other's feel is good / great.Edit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Server Anti-Virus Protection Recommendations

What do you think your boss wants of an AV product?
And why are you going towards Kaspersky?

I'm asking because selecting an AV for a server is very different than selecting an AV for a home user.

How many servers do you have? Do you need centralized management of the AV?
Are these "real" servers, or do people also log on to them and use them as a workstation?
Are the servers mission critical?

These are some questions you should ask yourself.

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This is the easiest to setup IPv6 to IPv4 tunnel client
I have found so far.
It connects your computer to their servers over IPv4
and uses their servers to provide you with IPv6 connectivity.
I just installed it,set it to connect anonomously and connected.
It changes the windows settings automatically.
It's free but requires signup.
It takes a few seconds for your connection to stabilize after the client is connected,
then is good to go.

You can test your IPv6 connectivity here...........

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Hi guys, I'm pulling my hair out here trying to understand Winsock headers.

My lecturer must have a sick sense of humour as he's set us the task of writing a UDP client/server after only studying C++ for 2 months.

I've managed to get a server up and listening to a socket. I've got the client to send the message and the server to pick it up and print it to screen.

The remaining horrors are

1) Read the IP address of sender and print to screen... just reading to a vairiable is the bit I'm stuck at.

2) Echoing the message back to sender and reading it...I'm a bit lost on this - can this be done with a simple swap from a send to receive socket? And how does the server get the info to send to client - may be related to 1) above.

Any help you guys can give would be great.

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I have a W7 PC, W7netbook, a WHS, and a VM server.

All show up in router

PC sees only WHS & Netbook and vice versa on these 3 machines

I ping the VM server from PC nothing, ping from netbook nothing. BUT I ping the PC & netbook from the VM server no issue

VM server nic =
IP - subnet
DHCP enabled = True
Default gateway =
Alt Gateway = none

WTF? Where is the VM server? I cannot figure this out.

I'm pretty sure it isn't hardware. Configuration? W7 side or VM side?

Answer:server/client not seeing each other

firewall on the VM server?
what box is the VM server running on? or is the VM server the actual server hosting VMs?

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Question: server/client

what "Makes" a server a server, and a client a client.

In other words, what would you expect to see running (software wise)

If you had say


if somone asked you "is that a server or a client" how could you tell ?



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Hi All

I want all incoming and outgoing data from my PC to be more secure, so I
I want to set up an SSH server on my Home PC using Cygwin, but I also want the SSH client to be on my PC. Is this possible, or do I need to have an external/second PC to act as the server? Also, if all my internet traffic goes through this SSH server, how will it affect my normal browsing? Will I have issues connecting to my regular websites (youtube, facebook, msn, yahoo, gmail, etc etc)?

Thank you

Answer:SSH server and client on the same PC

Umm...that is not going to make anything more or less secure. SSH is for creating secure connections to remote systems. (Mainly for administrating) It creates a VPN in a way. It does not make your browser usage secure. Connecting to an SSH server on the local machine is pointless anyways. You are already on the local machine!

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Hi, my ultimate goal for my questions is so that my laptop can access my home LAN anywhere as long as it has the Internet. For example, I have network shares named \\A\Z, \\B\D on my home network. My laptop, when it is in the LAN can just map those shares. Well, I want the exact same kind of direct access anywhere with the internet.

I've already gotten an account with No-IP, so the dynamic IP problem is taken care of. I've also created an incoming VPN connection on my LAN server and a VPN connection on my laptop and the connection actually got connected, but the subnet mask is always and I cannot access the LAN.

The solution I'm trying right now is to use Windows Server 2008 R2 gotten from DreamSpark and Microsoft ForeFront (actually its predecessor ISA Server which I got from an IT course I've taken) which amount other things is a VPN Server. However, there must be an easier solution than to use Enterprise grade software right?

By the way, I do know there are easier solutions like Dropbox, but I just want to know how to do it.

Answer:VPN client and server

You need to make sure that you've got your routing and remote access server role configured correctly. You should be receiving an IP that allows for browsing the network, although netbios doesn't always work easily depending on the network topology. A couple of simple issues I've encountered are things like trying the VPN from within the network (rarely works), connecting from a network with the same subnet as the one you're connecting to (having the internal network 192.168.1.x locally and the network being connected to having the same 192.168.1.x address range), and lastly having firewalls not play nicely. I don't think you're having that issue since you've received an IP, albeit one that has a restrictive subnet mask. Start by checking the routing and remote access configuration on the server to make sure it's handing out the correct information to remote clients.

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I have just assumed responsibility for a private school LAN. We have 27 clients running win 98 and a file server running NT server. Users can reach the internet weather they log into the LAN or not. How to I amend this so they must be logged in to surf the net?

We are using a Web Ramp connected to the hub. All the clients are set to automatically configior an IP add.
Thanks In advance

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Question: client server

Dear sir,
i am working in a company as it admin. i am managing all system as client/server . in client machine i am using xp sp2 where as in server using windows 2003. couple of weak ago a very important file is deleted from the server. I don't know who has this file deleted . plz suggest me. would i identify that from which machine has this file been deleted.
i have to know the user name with machine or ip address.
Q. is it possible to know the machine name and ip addess from the file of deleted machine(client).

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My friend and I set up an FTP server and client system, it was working fine at his house (on the same connection together) and again fine at my house (on the same connection again). So we leave back to our houses and try it and it doesn't work. I have FlashfXP and BulletProof FTP Server. Are there settings I can change or someway my firewall is messing it up. Thanks,

Answer:FTP Server and Client Help

yes please help

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what is a client and server

Answer:what is a client and a server

client and server difference

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Question: Server or Client?

Im thinking about getting windows server 2008 and building a machine for it to use as well, a server, for storage and hosting multiplayer games.

So my question is, how much faster or smoother would a dedicated game server run on a actual server machine rather than a peer to peer client machine?

Would i beable to notice the benefits? Would it be a waste of money?

Answer:Server or Client?

It would be a huge waste of money in a home setting IMO. There is very little to be gained, and the server versions of Windows are pretty costly.

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Question: client-server

Hi everyone,
I am a new networking developer and I am trying to realize if I can use one ip-port on a server and connect with many clients to the same socket(?) of the server, i.e: ip-port without using another ports in the server.
Thanks, Ronen.

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I will start by saying what I have been using for desktop computers. I like the way Ghost 15 works. It lets me set the days of the week or month to back up and allows me to specify how many backups it saves and deletes the oldest backup image as it makes a new one.

If Ghost 15 would work on Windows 2003 Server, I would be well pleased.

What is there that is similar that will work on Windows 2003 Server?

And that doesn't cost a fortune?

Answer:Solved: Recommendations on automated imaging software for Win Server 2003?

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First i start a little of topic: thank you guy's for helping me on my last problem thanks.
but i have a new 1 for you
I'm trying to connect over VPN to a other pc there both on the same network so i try locally first it works.
After that i go trow my router i port mapped port 1723 TCP and UDP to the server and 500 and 50 and 51 and 47 all TCP and UDP after i did this is try connecting going to the outside.
And what happens then:
everything looks well at start than i get the “verifying username and password” screen then it just dies out slowly and pain fully.
Do i just miss a port or what ?
Anybody had this problem and fixed it ?
Thanks for reading my post.

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Hi All

I want all incoming and outgoing data from my PC(Windows 7 ultimate) to be more secure, so I
I want to set up an SSH server on my Home PC using Cygwin, but I also want the SSH client to be on my PC. Is this possible, or do I need to have an external/second PC to act as the server? Also, if all my internet traffic goes through this SSH server, how will it affect my normal browsing? Will I have issues connecting to my regular websites (youtube, facebook, msn, yahoo, gmail, etc etc)?

Thank you

Answer:Solved: SSH server and client on the same PC

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When Trying to connect wireless from my laptop to another laptop I am getting the following message:

TCP Client Error

Error while trying to connect to the server: Connection time out: Connection

What do I need to do to correct this error?

Thank you in advance.

Mr. Purrington

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I have 2 computers setup with Novell 5.1 Client/Server. I am connecting with FTP. When TESTUSER connects, I want to only let them see their own personal folder, read-only system folders/files and limit their capabilities. Another question is when I log in as ADMIN, it will let me create a new folder, but it won't let me copy and paste anything in it. I use Internet Explorer to FTP like this:

ftp://ADMIN:[email protected]:21

I basically want the user to be able to read-only certain files/folders, but be able to create their own as well.

Answer:Novell 5.1 Client/Server

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I have a strange scenario here and could use some suggestions/advice:

I have a high watt/ high power system I don't want on all the time, but I do want to game from and sometimes develop (program) on. Lets call this system A.

I have another ultra low watt system I could leave on all the time which I want to serve all my server purposes for these two computers. Backup, html serving, ssh serving, sql server. But the catch is that it needs to service MS and *nix at the same time. Lets call this system B.

I was thinking of running some version of Windows that allows servicing of a ASP and SQL servers for 2008, with a virtual box (virtual machine) running Ubuntu on system B.

Then I was thinking of running on system A some version of Windows that is good enough for gaming and at the same time will interact fully with the services that system B provides.

What version of Windows is sufficient for system B? What version of Windows is sufficient for system A?

(What I have right now is a Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM, and Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Preorder, but I'd be willing to buy whatever else would be required)

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Have a Thinkpad A20M-2628-1TU, Intel Pro+ Mini combo
adapter with NIC and 56K modem, running Windows 2000
Professional SP2. I attempted to connect to LAN, domain
controller is SBS4.5. Followed step by step instructions
as per Microsoft's SBS4.5 domain - W2K client
configuration and have other W2K Pro clients running with
no problems. In attempting the configuration of the A20M,
at the point where I submit the username, password, and
domain I have received 'Semaphore Timeout' errors. Only
periodically does the A20M actually receive packets from
the domain server and then the number is very limited.

I have also installed the latest drivers for the NIC from
Intel and the latest Priority Packet software.

Ran PC-Doctor test on Network card. Network Test Passed. I
have tried it with a static IP address previously. I could
only get an intermittent ping response from the domain
server when attempting to connect to the domain but then
nothing. If I check the packet activity on the W2K client
it is receiving sporadic packets but nothing substantial.

Some attempts to connect to the domain with the username,
password, and domain get incoming packet activity from the
domain server but then I receive the "semaphore timeout"
error. Other similar attempts within minutes of the
previous one sees no incoming packets.

Are there configuration settings for the adapter in
the "Advanced" tab that I should be looking into? This is
the l... Read more

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How do you guys feel client server architecture has facilitated integration?

Answer:Client Server Architecture

Why does this sound like a homework question?

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I have a client that is trying to share data from a server (server 2003) to workstations (XP home) at multiple remote locations through RDP. Remote Desktop will allow me to show drives from the local machines in the Remote Desktop session but I would like the server shares/drives to appear on the local machines. That is to say, I would like for the connecting local devices, drives feature of RD to work in the other direction. Anyone know of a way to do this? Thanks in advance

Answer:Map server drive to client with RDP???

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A friend gave me a PC from his job. However it has a Novel Client Server login and clicking the X or hitting cancel or OK won't get me in. It has the spaces to fill in the server and tree ecDoes anyone know how I can bypass or disable this so I can get into windows?

Thanks in advance for any help I get.

Answer:Novel Client Server question

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I have a small domain set up in my house for my MCSA studies. I'm using Virtual PC and have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition DC/DNS server and one XP Pro Client. Server01 and Client01.

I have created a User account for myself in Active Directory and am a member of the Domain Admins. Client01 is shown as a member of the domain both in AD and in it's own System Properties. I can ping the server from the client and access it in My Network Places. However, I cannot ping the Client from the server, nor can I access Client01 from My Network Places on the Server.

I am also able to log on to the client using my domain username and password. This has me stumped.
There is no firewall running on either machine. I even checked IE security settings but that isn't the problem. Any ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Can't ping client from server

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As I google for this all I find is ways to install the cisco vpn client on 2k3. I have a 2k3 domain setup with routing and remote access, pptp and l2tp vpn's running. Is it possible to use the cisco vpn client on my client machines, xp, vista, 7 to connect to the server?

Answer:Cisco VPN Client and Server 2k3

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I currently have two machines, xp and me, set up as a workgroup
and connecting to the Internet via a router. I wanted to set up the network as a domain and use the xp as a server. My question is if anyone knows off the top of their head, any problems I am liable to encounter. Just wondering if its even worth the trouble, since what I have works OK, it just doesn't offer all the options that I am looking to play with.

Answer:server/client network using xp/me

XP can't be set up as a domain controller and does not control or maintain user accounts logins or other resources. you need a server to act as a domain controller not a workstation.

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At work I am having an issue with my PIV card which is not being read by the information system that I am trying to access. What do you think might be the issue?

Answer:Solved: Client/Server

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I've spent the best part of a month trying to get a VPN connection from a Windows 7 Ultimate client to a Windows 8.1 Pro server.
After all of the below I have today managed to get a VPN connection from the W7 client to the W8.1 server, but Network and Sharing Center on W8.1 says 'RAS (Dial In) Interface: Public Network. Access Type: No internet access', and, although the W7 client shows that the connection was successful, I can't see the VPN network (I have no actual access to ANYTHING on the W8.1 PC).
Below are details of the configurations.
The W7 client is connected to the internaet via 'Internet Sharing' on my Nokia Lumia 625.
The W8.1 Server is connected via my Virgin Super Hub router.
So both the server and the client have different WAN 'external' IPs
The WAN IP, although I haven't paid for static, ALWAYS stays the same.
After multiple failures, I've changed the default gateway on the server (W8.1) from to so as to avoid IP clashing.(I can get access to the internet so there appears to be no connectivity issues associated with the change of Gateway IP).
I've opened the following ports on my Virgin Super Hub:
47/TCP & UDP
50/TCP & UDP
501/TCP & UDP
ALL pointing to the W8.1 PC at
(Initially I opened only 1723, but with no success, it was only when I opened the others that I connected to the server.)
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Question: server 2003 client

What is the pop3 address? that should be entered into Outlook Express on XP so that it looks to a server running Server2003 for its' email. Tried a variety of entries bit get various errors returned. Client is logged onto server ok

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