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Re: [LUG] Article from the FT on how to save money


On 21/07/10 19:27, Mark Evans wrote:
On 21/07/10 14:55, Gordon Henderson wrote:

On Wed, 21 Jul 2010, james kilty wrote:

On Wed, 2010-07-21 at 14:18 +0100, Gordon Henderson wrote:
One of my clients - a charity specialising
in recycling furniture and electrical goods with shops in Paignton,
Totnes, Newton Abbot, Bittaford and Tiverton have just dumped their
server I've been maintaining for them for the past 3 years, complete
off-site backups for a MS SBS 2008 server running Exchange.

If you were maintaining it - how did they make the decision - obviously
they did not consult you. Strange practice.

Yes. Very strange, but there you go. This is the same organasation that
runs a database in Access for each shop to do stock control - they

It's amazing how creative people can be with having MS Access do things
it was never really intended to do. The major problem is that everyone
needs read/write access to all the files involved. It then is quite
possible for several people simply looking at the database to corrupt it.

If they really needed Access, then how about an Access frontend to a SQL server.

A customer of mine used to use Access, I believe they had individual databases for each machine which linked to one main file. Looked very messy. Now they have it all web based, created by Create-a-net in Paignton. Potentially they could even work from home with a few small changes to their infrastructure (VoIP phones mainly).

wanted a bigger one to cover all shops at the same time and I proposed a
web-based one built on OS, so it wouldn't require a central server on
one office, but he had some conslutent in from Teignbridge DC who told
him he needed MS Servers + Terminal Servers and so on...

Even doing this the "Windows way" I can't see the relevance of Terminal

Maybe this consultant isn't actually an IT consultant but someone who just told him what they have at Teignbridge.

I can do without customers like that. He's welcome to his new microsoft
world of pain.

Wonder if he bought all the right CALs or knows when he will need to buy
more :)

Yep, IIRC Microsoft now have a CAL which covers everything (Exchange, Office, Windows CAL, Terminal Services) but it isn't cheap, in fact when I looked into Terminal Services it worked out just as expensive as desktops.

Can't see how MS Exchange would be much help with stock control either.

Nope, unless everyone e-mailed each other to ask what they had in stock :-)


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