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Microsoft Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016 Products

Sundial can provide a diverse history of successful Microsoft Windows Server deployments at both small and medium businesses. Almost anything is possible with this software and we are happy to service physical, virtual, and cloud installations.

Microsoft’s Windows Server products remain the backbone of small, medium, and enterprise offices. Microsoft’s commitment to their Active Directory structure of logins, profiles, and associated technologies continues to position Windows Server 2008/12/16 as one of, if not the only, solution in the marketplace for organizing companies, computer assets, and employees.

Although we are able to service “golden triangle” scenarios involving Macs, Linux, Open Directory, and Active Directory, most of the products we service install and run on Windows Server. This means every one of our techs is trained, first and foremost, on varying deployments and running scenarios for the last three versions of Server: 2008, 2012, and 2016 (and their R2 evolutions). Many of the ERPs, organization systems, EDMS, CRM, and SRM systems we recommend and install will in some way run on or interface with Windows Server and the Active Directory system.

Sundial IT suite of services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft Server 2016 has expanded over the last 2 years. In addition to the commonplace Active Directory, File Sharing and Permissions, and E-mail functions performed by Microsoft Windows servers in most small businesses, we are now capable of addressing a wide range of Windows server roles and applications thanks to extensive in-house testing and training programs – particularly for Microsoft’s newest Server 2016 technologies including Remote Desktop Services, Hyper V, Remote FX, and more.

We are also able to recommend a server to buy for your application (even if we don’t be setting it up). Servers are expensive, and making an informed decision is invaluable!

  Typical Implementation Schedule:
 Recommend a server to buy based on client’s requirements (if you don’t already have one). If an existing server is being re-purposed or physically moved, ensure the integrity of recent backups.
 Unpack and assemble server. Make recommendations on appropriate power interruption protection (UPS).
 Perform initial Windows server setup (if server is new). Consult with client on initial desired settings and roles.
 Evaluate network capability and performance, recommend any necessary equipment to take full advantage of required server capabilities.
 Establish Windows Server Roles including Active Directory, Hyper-V, Remote Desktop/Terminal Services, Sharepoint, file sharing, and more.
 Test Windows server performance and stability.
 Install virus protection and establish a backup schedule.


We are considering buying a new piece of software and aren’t sure what server to get. What should we buy?

We encourage you to call a Sundial IT tech at our Carlsbad, CA location to discuss server requirements. In our experience, businesses usually end up buying far too much server at the recommendation of a sales rep, or far too little server without the necessary data, power, and memory redundancy to keep your business reliable.

We don’t sell servers directly and are not married to a given solution. A Sundial IT technician can research your requirements, any intended software, and what the role of a server(s) will be in your business environment and make an unbiased recommendation based on available information.

Can I just use a regular computer as a server?

The word server literally means something (or someone) that serves. In the computer sense this means a computer that serves, or provides, applications and data to other computers. Although any computer is capable of performing within this basic definition of the word “server,” modern servers from companies like Dell, HP, or IBM are meant to perform this role with a greater degree of reliability and performance than regular computers.

Some of the most common misconceptions about servers are that they are very “powerful” and “fast.” This is not always true. Often times a server will actually have a slower, more power efficient processor than the new, screaming fast Intel i7 in your workstation because it is not meant to perform processor intensive tasks like video editing or 3d games and is instead meant to run at all hours while sipping power and generating minimal heat.

A qualified Sundial IT technician can explain at length the advantages of a Microsoft Windows server and how its hardware requirements differ from a regular computer.

Can we put our existing network files on the new server? What about our old programs?

Sure! A Sundial IT tech can evaluate the best methods for storing and backing up your important network data and shared drives. We can also evaluate which programs will work and which will need to be updated to work with the new versions of Microsoft Windows Server.

Sundial IT range of IT Services for Microsoft Windows servers and Windows server-based networks has grown steadily (along with our client base) over the past 2 years. Additionally, Microsoft has added great features to Windows Server 2016 that enable greater business functionality. This prompted us to develop and implement larger, full-featured Windows server test stations and test network environments to ensure that our on-site technicians are trained above and beyond industry standards and certifications.

We pride ourselves on staying on top of the latest Windows Server technology and software, and would be happy to help you setup and maintain your Windows server and network environment.

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