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  • AD Necessary on Small Lan?

    We are setting up LANs for very small businesses, typically 5-10 workstations (& as many users) that are using accounting software to access a database and a few common files on a single server (Win2k or Win2003). Their email is through an ISP, and they have no website, nor have any plans to have one in the future...At times, some of these businesses would like to connect remotely through Terminal Services &/or VPN.
    We are setting up these LANs as DCs with Active Directory through which to manage their meager resources....Is Active Directory an 'overkill' solution for such small enterprises? What are some general advantages that are realistically going to be realized in this effort?
    Thanks, in advance, for the input!

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    no it is not overkill!
    think like stuff as security, central user/computer management, policies.

    and why doe you thing SBS (small business server) exists?
    Marcel
    Technical Consultant
    Netherlands
    http://www.phetios.com
    http://blog.nessus.nl

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