Okay, so I'm still trying to gaze into my crystal ball and forecast what we will be doing over the next 5 years.
One thing is clear, XP's extended support is up in 2014, so logically it need's replacing at some point over the next 5-year development cycle. And logically Windows 7 is that replacement.
One question that enters my mind is - what version of Windows Server will I need when I deploy Windows 7?
Forgive me for being a little green here but I've only ever worked in a Windows 2003/Windows-XP environment. I wasn't 'in the business' for the change from Win2K and nobody I know as even considered deploying Vista.
In terms of AD support, features, security, etc. Will I have to run Win2k8R2 servers with Windows 7? Or will Windows 2003R2 give the same level of AD support as the latest server product?