New server system for primary school
Hi there, new here, and hoping to get some input from people more knowledgeable than me!
A primary school I work at is looking to update their aging server system, and tasked me in some preliminary investigation into what we could do with both hardware and software, and get some idea on cost. Ive done a little investigating so far so I will detail what Ive got.
Currently we have separate curriculum and admin networks. 3 server machines, 1 for admin domain, 2 for curriculum for redundancy. these are all Acer/ Altos G330 Mk2's running Windows server 2003.
There are maybe 100 systems connecting to this, a mix of laptops and desktops with anything from XP through to windows 8. There are also 30 iPads.
The school is also looking at getting maybe 50 new laptops, or a mix of laptops/desktops and some more iPads.
Now the school is not very big, and has a limited ICT budget of course, but will be flexible if I come up with a plan that they are sold on.
I don't see us buying 3 brand new pieces of hardware to replace the 3 aging server systems, and think it would be best to combine these into a single network. There are only around 4 machines that actually use the admin network.
It has been suggested that I could buy a single beefy machine with plenty of upgrade potential. Install server 2012. Copy over and run both current 2003 domains in VM's temporarily. Mash the ram and HDD space etc of the 3 old systems and use as redundancy backup. This would allow me to setup and test the new system on the side with minimal pain, and cut over without changing to much of the existing system (Its only me there at the moment, and for a few hours a week only). This would have the system running faster and more stable with updated hardware to begin with. then as the school can afford it, buy the CALs necessary to eventually cut over to a completely server 2012 system.
Does this sound reasonable? The only issue I can see, is the hardware needed to support this being quite expensive.
I have been quoted so far a HP ProLiant DL385 G8P, 3x1TB HDDs. Server 2012 with 5 CALS for around 9k AUD.
I guess I am looking to find out, does this upgrade path sound sensible? Is the system quoted overkill? Is it likely I could do any reasonable upgrade for around 5k AUD (I know most of you are from UK so I think thats closer to 3k GBP)? This is simply so I have a basis for selling this idea to the school. Lastly, is there any hardware you guys would recommend that I could checkout and seek quotes for?
Thanks a lot for anyone who reads this! Any help would be great