You can use DFSR, you just have one folder target enabled so they always access that one. It may initially sound pointless, but we use it to replicate to a server in another building and if we lose the main server we can just enable the second server as the folder target and disable the main server as a target. Yes, you may get some corrupted profiles and a small amount of data loss that hasn't synced, but it means we can have minimal downtime.
I will be putting them on two separate 19" racks and there will be proper airconditioning and I will work out UPS Wattage once I have finalised what equipment I am going to buy.
I think I will reduce the number of virtual servers, how many do you recommend.
Regarding wireless, it is definately on my list but I want to get the basics done first and then work on wireless in 2nd stage.
Even if you are going to do wireless as a second phase (we did the same), I would recommend getting PoE switches as that will make it much easier to roll out as many WiFi AP's can use PoE, which will mean less work and cost to install them (no mains power required for each). If you don't purchase PoE switches you could always use PoE injectors, but that's an extra cost and adds mess into your data cabinets. I know, because I have one building that I didn't buy a PoE switch for and we have to use 6 injectors to power all of the APs (and security cameras) for that building.
I think our network is very similar in size to yours, it's just 2/3rd the size and spread over only 4 buildings. I would definitely like to know about your experiences and an onsite tour will be even better. I will send you a pm regarding this.
How are you doing? I have 9 VM's and a few physicals for backup- Veeam.....
A massive vote for LANSCHOOL here
800 kids- 100 staff/ exchange for staff, 365 for students.
Sophos AV found excellent but possible expensive on it's own. We buy into consortium so have volume discount.....