Managing costs and moving to *nix
I've just had a meeting with my boss outlining this years MS licensing costs, coming to around £8k for our 250 machines + servers. Put simply, this amounts to around the same money as paying the salary of a TA.
So, I've been asked to come up with ideas for reducing it and making life more sustainable for us.
My ideas are split into a few groups.
1. Switch all machines in school to linux, except for a small citrix farm for running SIMS.net, and other software like that. We already have Citrix licenses.
2. Switch only classroom workstations to linux, leaving teacher laptops as Windows machines, and leaving our admin machines as citrix thin clients.
Now, in terms of cost, option 1 is obviously the cheapest in terms of costs of licenses, but will be a major project, and be a bit of a learning curve using Linux on such a widescale.
Next is the question of servers. We currently run a windows 2003 server farm, with IAS, ISA, WSUS, AD, DNS, DHCP etc... Obviously, some of this could move to linux based servers (DNS, DHCP, ISA -> Smoothwall, IAS -> FreeRadius, fileserver etc...). The question is, what is the best way to manage a linux client system and maintain a windows thin client server system also?
So, any thoughts, ideas etc...?