of all my skills, networking is my weakest area.
although my home/work network is wireless (a linksys router) with a few PCs... when it breaks or stops working...
I fix it by random, clicking - editing - modifying stuff until it works.
I know a lot about the web, internet, programming, databases, etc.
I'm saying all this to help set up this next question:
What usefullness is a server to a small business network?
Why would a small company need one?
What all can it do?
I know that if the company needs a DB server you need it to house the database.
I know if it plans to host its own website, it needs a web server.
I know if it plans to run some type of application server, you need a server to run it on.
And obviously a print server.
NOW, besides those things... what good is a server to a small company. How does the operating system effect the usefullness of the server? [I'm only a windows guy, hate microsoft, but don't want to learn anything else
Office productivity suites are generally not used on a server, right? Maybe you can use it as a backup or disaster recovery server, but you can do that on a regular PC also, right?
What other software would need to be run on a server, that you can not run on a regular PC?