First Time Windows Multipoint Server 2011 Setup - Server Spec and general advice :-)
Hope you are well.
After April I am starting at a large primary school. The ICT is in a pretty poor state with Windows XP PCs in the ICT Suite that are 6 years old and a Windows 2003 Domain Controller. It takes literally 5 mins to login per child and lots of software and hardware issues. They use Successmaker too which is something I am not too familiar with to be honest.
Anyway, I have been given the green light and budget backing to setup everything again from scratch. The Suite is rather small to be holding 30 PCs and gets very hot.
I went to a demo at another school running Windows Multipoint Server 2011 and I was impressed with speed of the logins and the savings in space, heat and time setting up - no cloning! YAY! :-) The Network Manger was really happy with the setup and recommended it. He uses a SSD drive for speed and 16Gb ram on the i7 server.
My plans for the suite school are:
30x LG Network Monitors 22"
2x i7 Servers
48 Port or 2 x 24 Port Gigabit switches (for ICT Suite)
A new Domain Controller - Xeon 2.5Ghz, 8Gb Ram, 250Gb SATA drives etc (they have already bought this)
I need help deciding on the spec of the i7 Servers and general setup advice. The i7 Servers need to be super high spec and reliable. I am going to build the servers myself so can spec whatever we like.
How much Ram is advisable? I know that as much as possible is always good but money will come into it. Each i7 server will potentiall be running a full 20 clients. The clients will be used for general office work, flash education games (Education City) and Windows Movie Maker.
What kind of reliable motherboards would be good?
I want to get SSD drives, so am thinking of 2 x 128GB. Is RAID 0 worth getting up?
What spec of I7 Processor is ideal? Do Intel do any specifically for a server environment?
Do I install Windows 7 on the I7 server and then join the machine on as a member of the domain?
Any general advice would be helpful too.