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Hello all. I am tasked with setting up a server for a small business (10 to 15 employees) and want to use Linux as the OS. Details as follows. My ...
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    New to Linux and Setting up a Small Business Server


    Hello all. I am tasked with setting up a server for a small business (10 to 15 employees) and want to use Linux as the OS. Details as follows.

    My needs are:

    1. File server, personal space for each user and shared space for all users - Windows clients Right now there is no DOMAIN or WORKGROUPS
    2. Internet Firewall
    3. Remote file access (VPN?) for specified users
    4. Print Server
    5. Calendar, Scheduling (busy, free time) and Contacts sharing - Windows Outlook and Thunderbird clients

    My wants are:

    1. Host Quickbooks data files - shared between 3 users
    2. Eventually add a SoftPBX to his machine, probably Asterisk with FreePBX

    My questions are am I missing anything? What packages should I install and in what order? And most importantly how do I configure each?

    Should I install a BASE (HOST) OS and then install different servers in Virtual Machines? If this path is taken then what to use as the HOST OS and what services should be run together on each Guest?

    Any suggestion would be a great help and would be deeply appreciated.

    Thanks for the coming support.
    Last edited by SvbHvman; 10-28-2011 at 06:16 PM. Reason: After thought

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    It's best to install everything on one server and do not use virtual servers because this will complicate things. It does not matter what order you install everything in. As for how to do it you can google for it and read the docs.

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    I agree that one machine should be sufficient.
    As far as what distro to use, there is a poll in the Coffee Lounge to that effect: http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/cof...ge-2011-a.html
    Since stability is what you'll be wanting, I'd personally suggest either Debian, Slackware or RHEL/CentOS.
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