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Any small business can benefit from the advantages of a server-based network. Putting a fast and well equipped server to work increases your productivity, enables smart backup and archiving, and vastly improves the security of your data. And once you have simple application and file sharing in place, the addition of network attached storage—an easy and cost-effective upgrade—brings another array of benefits to your business and lays out a straightforward growth path.
File Management: How much time do you spend trying to track down documents that move around the office from employee to employee without anyone keeping track? A more efficient idea: storing your vital data in a central shared space where all workers can access it whenever necessary.
Collaboration: In a server-based network, workgroups can work together in virtual spaces, sharing schedules, files, and whatever else they need to get the job done. You can also grant access to outside
Clients and customers to make those communications more efficient and make your business appear bigger than it actually is. It becomes easy to set up satellite offices, to work together on shared documents across any distance, and even to print to a remote printer
Security: The network administrator of a server-based network can control access to critical and private files on a person-by-person basis, and with the inclusion of a firewall, the entire organization can be guarded from intrusions and attacks. The end result: a more buttoned-up organization where security concerns needn’t preoccupy you constantly. A single administrator console gives you a daily view of PCs and servers
and makes it easier to manage common IT tasks. Get an at-a-glance snapshot of the security and health of your PCs and servers from the “green check” report. And remember that antivirus and antispam protection
is available to help protect your information from malicious attacks, viruses, and spam.
Active Directory is a state-wide authentication directory that supports enterprise systems, provides contact information and scheduling integration, along with providing mechanisms for centralized desktop management. There are multiple Active Directory (AD) environments in use across the University of Tennessee campuses and institutes. The purpose of the Active Directory Project is to migrate all of these environments into a single AD forest, which will provide the following benefits:
§ Single user name and password –
§ Password synced between AD and LDAP Directory Services
§ Reduce overhead through standardization
§ Improve services through centralized management capabilities
§ Provide foundation for the following AD related services:
§ Improve workstation security
§ Central storage provided for individuals and departments
§ Backup and restoration services for central storage
§ Server storage space for user documents
§ Backed up data on Home and Departmental drives
The advantages of a business of any size having its own mail server by far outweigh any of the negative aspects. The following list of advantages to see the major benefits a company receives by having a mail server of its own
A business is able to have complete control over its personal mail server. Usage polices can be set and enforced, incoming messages can be scanned, messages can be stored as they come in, and scanning for viruses and spam can be performed at any time.
Worrying about personal information or messages being read by someone outside the company isn’t necessary when a business controls its own mail server. The information is stored and protected by the owner of the mail server.
Users can be added immediately
It isn’t necessary to wait until someone else gets around to adding new users. Since the mail server is owned by the company wishing to add new users to the system, this alteration can be made right away. Name changes can be made and even aliases can be added to existing users without the wait. It’s also a simple task to create lists of specific users for sending mass emails out to an entire group with a single click.
Mailbox charges are avoided
The owner of the mail server doesn’t have to pay anyone else for mailbox usage. Even though the cost some ISPs charge is minimal, it’s an amount of money saved in the long run.
Assign special tasks to specific email addresses
For instance, certain email addresses can be set to trigger machines that will print a copy of the email or send a fax. Other assignments might include the archival of particular messages on a CD or the sending of specific documents to the sender of the original email message – also known as an Autoresponder.
Mail is faster
Not only is the mail delivered quickly throughout the company, but any mail coming in is received immediately. When a company doesn’t have its own mail server, internal and incoming messages all have to be routed to the distant server before they are delivered. Depending on how slow the server is to connect, the messages may not be received for quite some time. A business with its own mail server eliminates the lag time between sending and receiving messages.
This list of advantages shows how easily a business is able to keep communication flowing smoothly throughout the company by personally buying and maintaining its own server