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You've gotten outstanding advice thus far - especially the 747 analogy. Without server know-how, you are crazy to take this on. You will waste time and money. Even worse, valuable data could get lost.

I admire your spunk. However, the likely outcome is that you look bad. It will be very difficult to do otherwise. That's not an insult to you. I wouldn't want a 1st year med student performing brain surgery on me either. This is a fairly simple job for someone with the right knowledge. It's a dangerously difficult job for anyone else. Worse yet, you'll likely have numerous students who know more than you.

John C.