A new server
Picked up a mess of a school, its server unlicensed, unreliable and over loaded, looking for some recommendations for a replacement. Currently its ...
A Core duo with 6gig of ram (7years old) 2003
Running services for 16 thin clients
Sims FMS & .net for 4 clients
Windows patch management
Schools main file share (0.5 gig expected expansion in next 3 years to 2gig) non raid.
Presently the school runs no notable active directory I would like the new server to take this role for the 80 machines on the network.
Presently I have been given £5,000 from the capital budget to try and sort the server out. I am thinking visualization is the way to go do people have any recommendations of the best way of going about this?
Any help greatly appreciated.
I'd be looking at buying two reasonable servers as virtualisation hosts for certain.
Couple of boxes with Windows Datacenter (or Enterprise if you only need a few VMs on each box) and breaking your roles down and split across the two boxes so you end up with better performance and resiliency.
The current server could be a physical DC / backup server.
£5k's quite a chunk of cash, should be able to pick up some reasonable boxes for that and sort your licensing out. :)
Quite a lot of network managers on here have done this on shoe string budgets too, I'll let them tell their stories :)
Absolutely agree with Kim, two servers and virtualisation is the way forward for this money and needs of your place.
Something from HP will be a good one, next month is a good month to buy from HP historically as its end of the financial year so are often willing to give stupid discounts, I got about 77% off all my SAS drives and ram when I got mine 2 years ago which was a great saving at that time :)
You should get for that money a nice pair of HP DL360 or even DL380s if you strike a hard bargain with your reseller :)
I got 2 dl360 g6s dual 6 core xeons with 2 72gb drives.for about 4.8k so a slightly less powerful version with enough disks for your requirements probably single six core xeons with 12gb like this HP ProLiant DL360 G7 E5649 1P 12GB-R SFF SAS 460W PS Server/TV (640014-425) specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products and some sas drives for 5k servers and cals on an ees agreement shouldn't be to much either.