When it comes to the setup of a server the last thing you want to do is just pick someone out of the yellow pages, Craigslist or the most popular one I hear all the time which is Timmy, who is John’s Kid, he knows a lot about computers and he is going to come in and take care of our server setup. The process of properly setting up a server and preparing it for everyday production use is no only tedious but can only be learned with years of proper education and experience.
Absolutely not. While the main installation of the server software may seem simple, it is the things that have to happen behind the scenes and all the small tweaks and changes that only a seasoned professional would know how to manage. I am not going to sit here and say that you are unable to go out and purchase Windows 2008 R2 and get it setup on a server, or even download linux and setup a server in your office by following an online tutorial or the directions that come with the software. Come to think about it, this is not about the server setup at all, this is more importantly about after the initial server setup.
Lets keep in mind, a server is meant to run day and night uninterrupted for days, months or even sometimes years at a time.