Moving from CC3 to Vanilla.....
I have read all the debates on here and whilst it has provided excellent information I dont want to go down the which is better route. Instead im after information from those who have moved from CC3 to a Vanilla setup.
I have inherited a network manager and a CC3 network for 400 desktops at a secondary school and they want me to investigate the possibility of upgrading this to Vanilla over the next year. I have no experience dealing with a RM network and instead come from a Vanilla background. I also dont start until next month but wanted to do some research beforehand to try to get up to speed with how big the task is. I have met the network manager who seems very clued up and a nice guy so will utilise him a lot and get his feedback as well but have seen how many people here have gone CC3 to Vanilla so want to utilise this knowledge.
To maximise the upgrade im looking at also upgrading desktops to Windows 7 from the existing XP setup, and my initial thoughts are to go down the Windows Server 2003/2008, AD, DHCP & DNS Server, an ISA server and also SCCM to manage the desktops/software deployment etc. Utilising MDT 2010 for custom OS creation and deployment using PXE server. Also looking at Symantec Endpoint as a Virus/malware solution.
Has anyone previously gone down a similar route? What new hardware/software did you use for the server setups? How did the process go? would you change anything? what security measures in addition to standard Server security permissions were introduced? etc etc.
Im particularly after any specific plans with regards to the schedule of the upgrade - testing done, information regarding the migration of the existing RM server AD info etc to the new servers that kind of thing. Forgive me if im appearing to want to be spoon fed but with limited knowledge of RM networks im just trying to get my head around the upgrade path.
As for the potential new servers - is it worth implementing 2008 R2 over say 2003? It would be an ideal oppurtunity to embrace the new OS' and with Windows 7 id like to provide a more future proof solution. But im also aware of some of the functionalities/software provided on current RM servers may not be available on 2008?
Im also very keen to introduce a new backup procedure, currently tapes are used but capacity is getting full and so when the new network is up and running (or maybe before) id like to have a new more efficient backup in place and am looking at SAN or NAS setups. Id love to hear of other people's backup strategy and systems they have in place.
Sorry for the long post!