If you have a tight budget and need to purchase a large volume of PC's, I
suggest buying refurbished PCs. I use 2 vendors CDI computers in
Canada(www.cdcomputers.com)i and Parstock Computers in Wisconsin (
Ithink)(www.partstock.com) They offer brand name computers and servers that
are roughly 3 years old. Still up to date technology but for less than 1/3
of the price. They also provide 3 year warranties on their products.
If you decide on new I recommend Dell computers (you can get them refurb. as
well) They use industry standard parts and can be upgraded and repaired
For server OS's we use Windows 2000 and 2003 as well as some Linux. For
flexibility I use the Window OS's lots of software available and they are
easier to maintain and find help on. They tend to be very expensive at
upgrade time but if you use academic licensing it isn't all that expensive.
There is also a free office suite called Open Office at www.openoffice.org
.It is free software and is 100% compatible with MS Office.
For a browser and E-mail Client I use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Mozilla
Thunderbird E-mail. These 2 free software packages are very good and help
I use Norton Antivirus corporate edition for viruses the licensing is
inexpensive and works great on a network.
Hope this helps.
>From: Margaret Cintorino <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Servers, Virus Protection and Vendors
>Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 11:05:06 -0400
>This is Margaret Cintorino, the new tech coordinator for the
>Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. I've really been hired to do tech
>integration, but I find myself in the position of having to do some
>to help a couple of schools establish networks. So these are my
>What server would you recommend for a network that's going to have about
>fifty computers? Why would you recommend this? What are the advantages
>What sort of virus protection would you recommend at the network level?
>Who are some good vendors in the state for hardware, software purchases for
>Thanks for your help in advance.
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