I've been a Mac user for about five years, have a high degree of technology literacy (I'm a Ruby developer by trade), and don't mind digging deeper into the networking aspects (in fact, it's a pleasure to learn).
My employer (not in the technology industry) is in a tech transition (ditching IT vendor, getting rid of existing outdated hardware infrastructure — everything).
I'd like to suggest switching all of our workstations to 11" MacBook Airs (portability is a huge plus, in our field), and running the whole network via a Mac mini with OS X server.
I've never used OS X server, or administered a network beyond my own basic business/personal needs (ISP line in, modem, WiFi router).
Is this something I can reasonably suggest, for our business of 25-ish people spread over two physical office locations? (Assuming I have at least 10 hours per week to devote to network management on a regular basis)
This seems like a slam-dunk decision, but I'm wary.
What potential problems should I be on the lookout for?
- Compatibility issues with non-Mac hardware?
- Remote access from second office location?
- Networking issues I'm not aware of? (...)