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    • #47519

      Jennifer Book
      Member
      @jennifer@rlhelwig.com

      So last year our windows server crashed and our IT man at that time recommended that we use a Linux CentoOS8 server which to be honest I am ready to just go crazy over this thing and loose all of my hair.

      When our windows server crashed in January of 2020 the IT man (who took a position with another company and is therefore unable to work on our equipment anymore) he took the two 1 TB drives and connected each of them to 2 different work stations in the office so that we could then network to those workstations to be functional until the new server arrived. We believe part of our original data is on the Linux CentoOS8 server and the remaining files for our office are still on another workstation in our office which that workstation has corrupted windows files. So I am backing up the files that are on the desktop hard drive that were on our server and that we still are linked to for saving certain types of data as I want to make sure we don’t loose that data.

      We do not know how to use the Linux CentoOS8 server at all; do not know how to install printers as when I try to install our printers it doesn’t have our printers listed for installing. I do not know how to find the actual clients folders that contains all of their data to ensure that the files are on the server.

      Once I get all of the data backup from the corrupted workstation I do not know how to move it to the Linux CentoOS8 server and the map it to the 8 different work stations. I know the path to the Linux CentoOS8 server but I don’t know how to get the data there and then map the programs that us that data to the Linux CentoOS8 server as you can’t see the actual files on the server.

      When I schedule the backup of the Linux CentoOS8 server which is somehow now linked through my workstation to do the backup, it appears as though I am backing up the Linux CentoOS8 server 4 times as the same amount of stored data appears to be on 4 different drive letters.

      I desperately need help as there is no computer techs in our area that work on Linux CentoOS8 server and every time I call someone they tell me they stay as far away from those types of servers as possible. Jeremy at Uber Computer in Angola, Indiana is willing to learn about the Linux CentoOS8 server as I have been having him come in to fix the workstations and upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10.

      When I contacted the Kim Komando show I was so excited when Mary Ann called me back and said that I had 30 days of free access to the Kim Komando show as my uncle Jeff just raved about how good Kim is. My father is dying from stage 4 cancer and it has spread throughout his body. I am working full time, taking time off to take him for Chemotherapy along with dr. apts, etc. I am a Paralegal and my boss is very flexible with me so I work around my dad’s dr. apts. etc. I am good on a computer and I knew how to use the windows server but I am completely lost with this Linux CentoOS8 server.

    • #47523

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      Hello Jennifer,

      You have quite a situation on your hands, what all is your CentOS8 Server hosting is it only files? is it supposed to also be your print server? Do you have a web app running on it?

      Finding local help I’m sure has proven difficult however there is a solution, Upwork.com you can Hire a competent tech that is Skilled with CentOS8 which I highly recommend you get away from as soon as possible. If you click or tap here you can find a list of contractors that would be able to assist you in your needs.

    • #47524

      Jennifer Book
      Member
      @jennifer@rlhelwig.com

      Thank you for your assistance. To answer your question it hosts our programs and clients files. We are networked to connect to it. Our printers are not ran through the server. Each printer has its own IP address. I wanted to be able to connect a printer to the server so that I could print off information about the CentOS8 Server IP address because it use to be when we had the windows server, we could use the Xerox multifunction machine scan button and scan documents and it would automatically go into the folder on the server so that we could then drop and drag it into a clients folder from our individual work station. Xerox can’t even figure out how to program the Xerox Multifuction machine to work with the Cent0SB Server and said that we need to have an onsite IT Tech come. I was even with the level 2 department with Xerox.

    • #47525

      Jennifer Book
      Member
      @jennifer@rlhelwig.com

      Programs we use on the server are File Center, QuickBooks, Excel, Interactive Legal, Word, Adobe, Drake. We have a separate server for the Televantage Wave phone system

    • #47531

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      Hello Jennifer,

      Aside from being a file server I do not think CentOS8 is really doing anything else for you, are your computers on a Domain? or is everyone local Admin? Looking at Drake and Interactive legal they both look to be hosted on their own servers and not on premise. I really think you should get all of your data backed up from the CentOS8 box then have that server reinstalled with Windows so you can get a proper Domain configured for your employees to log in to. Regarding the Xerox, if someone configure SMB / Samba shares on the server I’m sure Xerox would then be able to scan to shared folders.

      I think it is in your best interest to get as far away from CentOS as quickly as possible.

    • #47534

      Jennifer Book
      Member
      @jennifer@rlhelwig.com

      We use a domain

    • #47535

      Jennifer Book
      Member
      @jennifer@rlhelwig.com

      we have the drives mapped into for example P:Paperport for the FileCenter files; T:Drake for the tax documents; L:Legal etc.

    • #47544

      TeamKomando:John
      Participant
      @264458

      Hello Jennifer,

      What are you using for domain federation? do you have another Windows server or are you using the CentOS server for that? It sounds like you are only using CentOS as a file server.

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