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  1. Just use Office 365 or Google Apps for Work? I would avoid any solution where you/they have to purchase and maintain any hardware. For small businesses hosted solutions are a much safer and reliable option. Plus these are native web solutions and requires no setup on your part to use them as such.
  2. If you have a computer to host it on or wiling to host it on packet.net you could just use http://virl.cisco.com/work/ rather than buying old network hardware.
  3. Turn off the network and file system scanning options. For a server you really only want to do scheduled scans, you can leave the network scanning on but that feature often doesn't actually do anything other than slow things down. These options should be left on for client computers.
  4. Should be fine, the FSB should down clock the the maximum supported speed. You could do the safe route and get E5420s, unless your doing something very CPU intensive you won't notice the difference. That board and those CPUs are very old though, I hope your getting a really good price on them. Intel Xeon 5500/5600 motherboard and CPUs are much better buys.
  5. Could you provide the CPU model numbers?
  6. Check out Sophos XG Home Edition before you get too far, see which one your prefer. Both are really good but you might like one more than the other.
  7. Read/Write cache and as a dedicated SSD only virtual disk for my steam library. Storage Spaces allows you to create multiple virtual disks on the same pool and you can manually define storage tiers using powershell to control how the virtual disks are made up and what physical disks to use. For the Read/Write cache storage I use that for my ESXi storage. I connect my gaming desktop to my server using directly connected 10Gb so I can make use of that SSD speed. It may have 32 bays but I certainly don't use that many, too $$$. I have the 6 512GB SSDs and 4 300GB 10K RPM SAS disks. I also have 3 3TB Seagate NAS disks basically just placed sitting in side of the server chassis cos screw paying 2.5" bulk storage prices.
  8. 6 Samsung Pros actually P.S. Server has 32 drive bays.
  9. Ahk, pity. Issue with my main server is it only takes 2.5" disks which for a long time the largest possible were 1TB, you can get bigger now just recently but for a stupid price >.<
  10. What about it can't handle more drives? Drive bays or ports?
  11. I've had great experiences with Storage Spaces/Storage Pools. I use Windows server for it though which has a few extra bells and whistles, I'm very much not a fan of FreeNAS. If I'm going to use Linux/BSD based storage I'll use something like Ceph.
  12. Never works is a bit strong, had FreeNAS working with AD auth which does break occasionally. FreeNAS is never my first pick when it some to NAS storage in a Windows environment, well FreeNAS is never my first pick but not everyone has the funds to buy enterprise storage arrays.
  13. Yea easy to forget every exact permissions required. I have a reference lab setup that I always double check just in case. I've done it way more than enough to remember but I just like to really make sure . I don't follow the Microsoft permissions like you do, having any user account able to create a home folder on the fly is sub optimal security wise. Much prefer controlled user creation. I've got a large/nice powershell script I wrote for creating user accounts in schools, reads in all their details and enrolled classes and adds them to class groups and if the group doesn't exist it creates it. Schedule it to run nightly and if a student changes class they get added to the correct group then have permissions to the Moodle class page and the network shared folder for it. Also have a nice user archiving script that strips useless folders, correct permissions if require then zips them and moved them to an archive NAS/share. Actually mostly finished of and cleaned way up by someone else i worked with but hey team effort .
  14. As promised, might have missed 1 or 2 good threads but if you have any further questions ask away, happy to help.
  15. Above information is sort of correct. Couple of things I would advise doing, more for a real deployment but good to know: Always use DFS paths for any shares, home folders and standard network shares. This allows you to move the underlying storage/share without having to change GPOs, scripts etc. Save your future self hours and always do this. Enable access based enumeration, users will only see folder they actually have permissions to. Users need permissions as @theguywhoroutes shows, sort of. You also need to add another permission for 'CREATOR OWNER' of 'Full Control' for 'Subfolders and Files Only'. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/migreene/2008/03/24/ntfs-permissions-for-redirected-folders-or-home-directories/ I a real deployment the creation of user accounts and their home folders it automated, powershell is a good choice. Take away the rights for general users to create/append data to the root of the home folder share and use the script to create them. Also with this script you can set the Home drive letter (H: typically). There's actually already a few threads on this forum about folder redirection I'll dig them up for you.