Hardware Recommendations for School Server
Wondering if you could help me figure out what i actually need in the way of a server for my school rather than getting something with lots of bells and whistles that we will never use.
I work at a small village primary school with about 100 pupils and 12 - 15 staff.
We have around 30+ laptops for pupils, 8 Desktop Pc's for teachers, and around 6 teacher laptops.
The laptops run across a wireless network with the rest wired. We currently only run programs like RM Maths from the server (I believe it is just the pupils progress that is saved rather than running the whole app over the next work).
At the moment we have an old server running windows 2003 server with AD. and acts as a print server for our two colour network laser printers.
I would like to automate as much of the network as possible. i.e. WSUS, antivirus, Backups, and some sort of software deployment solution such as SpecOpsDeploy (we are using more and more software and i don't have the time to install it on every machine).
Obviously we need a server (or servers) that will last so what sort of spec should i be looking for that will cater our needs, I've been looking at something like a Compaq (HP) ML370, is this a bit of an over kill or will it be about right for what we need. Also is it worth splitting the roles over two servers? Say PDC, AD on one and file and print on another. And what about Antivirus, WSUS and IIS etc? We have the budget for a good spec ML370 or two lower spec Compacs.
There is the possibility that we will go across to Exchange in the future, but this is uncertain at present.
I guess the question I am asking is do we stick it all on one server or split across two? And what spec should I go for?
Any ideas and suggestions would be most welcome.