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In my previous post, we walked through some of the networking hardware you might need, and what's available for donation at TechSoup.
The next part of building your small network is a server, so let's break down what they are, and how they can help you.
At its most basic, a server is a computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network. Server needs vary widely, depending
on the size and type of an organization and on its IT resources.
complicated network can generally perform more advanced functions, it requires
more involved planning, particularly in regard to the server applications used.
Servers are designed for nearly every purpose imaginable, from email to
applications. Learn more
about servers and their place in your network.
If you're new to networks, you might
want to stick with the familiar interface of Windows or Mac. The Microsoft
Donation Program at TechSoup offers dozens of server software options,
Server 2010 enables collaborative email and
data sharing. Besides being a powerful email server, it supports group
scheduling, discussion groups, team folders, mobile and web access, and a host
of other features.
The Standard Edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized
organizations, while larger organizations should consider the Enterprise
We also have two refurbished server
options in our catalog at the moment. Please note: All refurbished server hardware
offered by our RCI program has undergone thorough testing, repair, and
restoration, and includes a 90-day warranty.
For more help building a wireless
network at your organization, check out:
Have a question? Ask it in
our community forums where you can
get advice from fellow nonprofits. We should note: setting up a wireless
network can be tricky. If you don't have someone on staff with networking
experience, hiring a consultant is something you should consider.
Check out the rest of my short series on networks:
Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager