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Our Windows Server SBS Essentials is getting old. Anyone in a similar situation? Have you replaced the server? Or do you not have a server with everything in the cloud?
Our Windows Server SBS Essentials is getting old and pretty full. We have our email on m365. We don't have any line of business apps (well QuickBooks but we already have it on one of the newer PCs to lighten the load on the server).
Has anyone been in this situation? And rather than replace the server with a new one, just moved the data files to Sharepoint / onedrive?
How has that worked out?
And more importantly, what have you done about domain administration? (12 users here). Printer shares? People can print direct to the printers. But what about keeping your m365 passwords in sync with the desktop login password? Group policy? I hear that moving to Azure Acitve Directory takes some of the place of a domain controller in house. But what do you lose? What do you gain?
How did you implement this? I am waiting for a call back from Tech Impact. Tech soup says they may have the answers.
I posted this on the subreddit for nonprofit tech and got this response:
Our local nonprofits are taking advantage of the Microsoft 365 suite and all it has to offer instead of buying another on prem. server. There is nonprofit pricing so make sure you click those buttons. If they run out of space on SharePoint and OneDrive for storage as their cloud server, there are discounts for nonprofits with Azure as well.
What we also like about this is that with so many on this same platform locally, they help each other learn how to use it. Although TechSoup has some great trainings on this as well.
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If your SBS server is getting 'pretty old' then it is worth thinking about a replacement but if the immediate problem is that it is 'pretty full' there are easy solutions that can buy you some more time:
A thorough search identifying old or redundant material for deletion or archiving off the server could free a lot of space. You should do this before migrating data to a new server anyway.
Take a look at the disk partitioning too, it might be that you could reallocate some free space. It may sound hairy messing with a 'live' disk but it can be done, make sure to back up all the data first though.
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@petercheer Thanks, but that's kicking the can down the road and a 'pretty old' server could fail soon. We did the dedupe already. And as it is, the server is set up with RAID 1 and has a 3rd drive set as hot spare.
I'd go to raid 5 to get more space (which for the boot drive is actually not recommeneded I vaguely remember. , but the controller can't go from RAID 1 to RAID 5 on the fly. Have to take it offline, build a RAID 5 array and restore from backup. We're using ShadowProtect so we have images and I kinda would like to do it for the practice - take an image from RAID 1 and restore to RAID 5. and see how good shadowprotect works with that.
But a) there's not enough time in the day b) again, it doesn't solve the bigger / longer term issue that the server needs to be replaced. Either with antoher server or cloud.
The path to the cloud / what products to use seems clear.
And we've already gotten away from in house exchange, using M365's hosted exchange.
And yes, OneDrive and Sharepoint for files.
But the in house server is doing active directory and other things.
I'm looking for people that have already done the move to the cloud and how they did it. Did you / they get away from domain? Or is azure active directory pretty much a replacement for in house server's AD (I heard no).
Or are all the machines in a workgroup?
And how that's worked out.
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