Primary School Network - any suggestions of layout?
I'm new to the forum so hello everyone.
I've recently started at a primary school as an IT tech with a relatively small network of 60 to 70 workstations running XP Pro and a single linux server serving the curriculum and acting as a DC, DHCP and file server.
The machines are 7 years old now and not been cared for at all in over a year so apart from a multitude of problems I am trying to deal with in trying to 'keep them going' until a budgetary review (a longish way off) I want to redesign the network.
I am (in the very near future) being giving an perfectly acceptable Dell PowerEdge machine with Server 2003 SP2 and my plan is to have this to host the network.
I prefer MS Server 2003 because I want to implement Group policy, set up basic file shares (teacher / student), remotely deploy software , image pc's across the network, manage users and groups, etc all from a common interface. The current linux setup is dubious. Quite honestly each time I add a user account all the computers 'fall' off the domain and I have to manually rejoin them so I have a constant headache, haha.
At present all computers technically need a reformat which I have to do 1 by 1 and obviously takes forever and a proverbial day.
Any suggestions of a basic design in terms of layout? Is 1 server sufficient to do the above? Do I need a second machine set up for redundancy? I'll consider the structure of the AD at a later stage, at the moment I am just wanting to get an idea of a basic topology in terms of client /server numbers.
Sorry if this is confusing folks. Will gladly clarify any missing details.