From CC3 to......something else
We've a single form entry school for primary aged children. We've got a computer in every classroom, a scattering of IWBs, a small bank of laptops in our foundation stage, oh and an ICT Suite. The server needs to be replaced this year - its 4 and starting to creak a little.
RM suggested we buy a new one, add in lots of licences and make a glorious and very expensive move to CC4 (£14K was their opening quote!!!).
But I'm due to make my budget proposal for the Governors, and I'm thinking that we need to go down a different route. I'm thinking still replace the server (we need more storage space) and then move to buying a stack of wireless tablets / Q1s or net books with the intension of having at least a set in each key stage or class and making ICT more portable.
If I go down this wireless route, we need a way of controlling the network and devices, giving people access to a network drive and printers, imaging the machines, all that sort of thing.
So any suggestions for the server / network control? Are there solutions like CC4 that do the whole easy domain management thing, but are lightweight, cheap and aimed at wireless networks of mobile devices? I've heard about Ranger, but I don't know much. Or should I look into getting an IT company in to cook us up a Vanilla solution using our existing server 2003 etc licences?