Help with configuring new W2K3 server
So before I get into everything let me give you a little history. Our current tech coordinator and myself took over a system running Novell 6.5 without Zenworks. Our current setup has 4 Novell servers, one for teachers, one for students, one for server apps, and the other, umm...I think just storage. We have approx. 700 computers in our school district spread across 8 buildings, however, only 4 are using the servers and accounts.
We just got a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and want to consolidate a little but we have a few questions. I apologize ahead of time here for how dumb these questions will be as we are new to the server realm (we basically just had experience fixing home computers) and need some advice to the best/most practical setups for our needs.
Our PE has 6 400GB drives and a PERC 6/i RAID controller. We need (as we are limited as any school with budget constraints) to use this server for multiple roles. I will break down what we need and hopefully some of you can chime in with some suggestions. Please try to suggest things that don't require buying 2 or 3 more servers as at this time won't be possible. If more servers are really warranted maybe a suggestion can be made that would allow for migration to that later.
- Active Directory (For all faculty and students)
- Storage for all accounts created in AD
- DHCP Server
- IIS for Accounting Software package
- Time clock software
- Ghosting/Imaging server
So with what we are going to need and with about 2.4TB of space what are some suggested ways to split/partition/organize the drives. I have been told to use RAID 5 but am not sure the best way to set that up with my software.
If anyone can provide some help for us it would be much appreciated.