> but who really wants to manage all that?
me me me. We already have a shadow server that is a perfect copy (sans up-to-date forum data). I would relish running this from the office. We also run a pretty good set of machines from the office as it is now.
Is a no brainer. We have a backyard at the office that would be perfect for a fail safe generator. Battery backups for about 2k that will run a stock server for 12-24 hours without problem. A generator from HomeDepot is 3-4 hundred that would run you 15-24hrs. All that is easy peasy - no issue.
Finding a reliable high speed net connection at a reasonable rate is the biggest issue. We just can't come up with two. They just want a fortune to install something like a 100meg or 10meg sustained line .
I don't see the server hardware as even remotely challenging (that's the fun part). I find it is more difficult to maintain a server at a data center. Granted, I am not solo any more and could delegate maintenance while I was away to someone else.