I hope that last month I got you fired up about installing a file server on your home or office network. To recap, I suggested that you centralize your data in one place -- on a "black box" network attached storage (NAS) appliance, or an inexpensive dedicated PC server, or even an underutilized desktop computer. The goal is to have only one place that everyone in your company can go to open and save your project files, and only one place that needs to be backed up.

All that sounds great on paper, but having a file server addresses only one part of document management. A file server provides a central place to store and retrieve files, but by itself, it doesn't do anything to stop you or your users from "losing" files by saving them in the wrong place, and it won't prevent you from wiping out each...

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