RM CC4 to Vanilla Windows
I know there are many threads already about this but they seem to be from many years ago.
I currently have a RM CC4 network with 400 Windows 7 clients, I have got 2 DC's, VLE server, SIMS server and a 6TB Hitachi SAN (servers running Server 2003 enterprise apart from SIMS server running 2008R2)
Before anyone comments on the technical staff not having the qualifications I have got MCP, MCSE,MCSA, CCNA. and my assistant manager has got a MCSA and Computer and network technology degree.
We have had CC4 since August 2009 not a chose I made as I had only just started working at the school in February of that year, RM network seems to have been agreed by most schools and the LA but many have now moved away think there are only 4 of us left in the LA that have RM.
We have had numerous issues with RM CC4 and also issues with packages not building properly and the support we receive is not very useful and we are having major issues with GPO's.
As Server 2003 will no longer be supported by Microsoft from 8th April next year, we thought the only available time we have got to upgrade is the summer.
We had RM in and they have said yes they can upgrade us but only if we upgrade the servers and SAN with them, as the servers are four years old.
The main two servers that they want to replace are 2xXeon Quad, 8GB RAM (this could do with upgrading) in my opinion do not need changing.
I have had talks with SLT about moving from RM to a Vanilla network but they have asked for a detailed report about the pro's and con's for both options, this is where I need my help from people that have already done this transition, I have made quite a few notes but would be useful so I can use as references and also if you do not mind SLT can contact you and speak to anyone in your SLT about the change.