New server deployment - sanity check?
I am trying to move my Junior school away from its current configuration of two W2003 servers one running 5 admin users +SIMS and the other the 650 curriculum users to something more robust, more available and more maintenance friendly.
To this end I am thinking to buy 2 Dell 2950 servers with 2x 72gb SCSI disks in RAID 1 running Citrix XEN and then set up separate W2008R2 virtual machines for each of my main tasks, email, SIMS, file server, etc.
I am hoping to set up a third server (dell Poweredge 850) as an iSCSI target stuffed full of big SATA drives ( It doesnt have to be fast) and back this up to our 4TB backup server and then to our off-site server for critical stuff.
Once I have this running at home ( no space at school) I will install into a new rack in our new build ( if it happens) and then migrate services over to it. That will leave the old servers available to be added to my server farm if I need more grunt or want to take a physical server down.
After some very enlightening conversations at with ric at BETT who showed me his set up from his laptop I am hoping I am on the right track but as no one I know( including my ICT support company ) has done this yet I thought i would lay myself open to the collective ridicule of my peers and ask for any guidance \ advice etc !