First Server For A Small Business - Advice Needed!
I used to work in a large high school, hence why i still rely on this place for such good advice. I am working in a small business now which has a workgroup network setup. I want to put in a server and a windows domain if i can afford it. If someone could take a look at my idea and tell me if i am forgetting anything, something won't work, something isn't best practice and the cheapest way to do something, that would be great.
The business has 45 users, that predominantly just use the internet and phones for their work. The phone system is offsite so can be forgotten about for now.
Server to serve 45 users, spec suggestions?
Windows Server 2008 Standard (i can run 1 free VM server instance with this license?
ESXi or Hyper-V? Install onto bare metal or not?
Want to run AD and Print services
Managed Anti-virus (avast)
4 x Windows 7 VM's to run mailboxes that need to be running and auto responding to emails 24x7
Believe I'll need a User or Device CAL for each user or device in the office?
Most Windows versions are running Home Premium so i need about 40 x Win 7 Pro upgrade licenses
Cheap but effective way to backup the server?
I was thinking of installing Win Server 2008 with AD, file/print, DNS, DHCP services then installing a win server 2008 VM to run spiceworks and anti virus as a kind of Management Tools Server. The run 4 Win 7 VMS for the mailboxes.
File storage, we'll be moving to office 365 so that will take care of email and file storage and backup or should i map everyone a personal network drive then sync that with SkyDrive Pro as my backup?
Lets say i only need 1GB space per user, i could do this with just hard drives in the server without buying a NAS?
Budget is the problem here, i need to be able to do this as cheap as possible so not spending money on something i MIGHT need. Once i've got this in place, after a year or so or when necessary i can then get the funding i need as i need it, but its the commitment for them to shell out a few grand at first that is the hard part so i need it to be as appealing, price wise, as possible!
1 final thing, we have desktops which go into unmanaged switches which then go into the wall, to a patch panel then into a managed switch. Would i be able to setup a VLAN (to seperate my voice data to send it over a separate internet connection) in this setup or would i need managed switches throughout?
Any help or guidance would be awesome!