upgrade paths and general advice.
I was going to hold off posting this until after Xmas but I figured why not get the advice in now while everyone can still think straight before xmas kicks in and we fill our selfs with all sorts of food and ear pearcing xmas songs :P
Our current ICT setup consist of 2 Servers and including laptops and almost obsolete netbook about 148~ clients
server 1 is 32bit with 3GB Ram
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3192 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
server 2 is 64bit 4GB Ram
Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3220 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Both servers Run server 2008
ad we have 10 Desktops in the staffroom that run win 7 and 15 new laptops ( as of 3 - 4 weeks ago)laptops are also on win 7
What I have proposed to the IT coordinator is a new server. now granted that our second server could be recondition to provde us with maybe a few years use but the primary reason to get a new server is the opotunity to get a Shortdepth rack mount that will fit in 1 of our switch cabinets ultimatly eleiminateing the hidous site of 2 big ugly Servers situated in the corner of our IT suite inches or should I said centermeters from kids that sit near that corner.
I've had a glace at a few prices and componenets but I'm not so clued up on server components so a little advices on whats best to go for would be appreciated, to put it into perspective I've come from a home PC hobiest background. I've spent over 1k on my own machine nearly twice and had my eye on the components industry on and off so I pick up stuff easily.
now the acctual role the server must be capable of a is Network shares, AD , DNC, DHCP, Print management.
Thoes are the core Roles, I would like to at some point set up WIFI authentication as apose to preshared key but that isnt vital. another role which would be nice is VPN access. I dont expect it to have to manage a shed load of connections, say 10 -20 max and it's likely that staff wouldnt over use the service anyway. so as of this time the above core roles are split betwen both servers. Would 1 server be able to cope with the propose roles and an average of 40 systems demanding load, I'd expect so.
Now since we have server 2008 what upgrade paths are available to switch to R2.
would I have to repurchase windows server? can I just upgrade the licence and either receive or download the new install disk? would it have to be an inplace upgrade. since the server I want to install would be a clean system it would require confiuration from the ground up
I'm quite thrilled at the prospect of configureing a server from the ground up for my own benifit not to mention a fresh system for all it's users. out current server just seem like thye stuggle and I'm always having to reset the print spooler or they feels slow to respond or just in general they are a few years old and new and brand new is always nice. bsides I plan to provide documentation which is almost non existant in the current setup.
Btw I'm working at this school as part of a 12 month apprenticeship placement which is due to end from april - jul ( actual course work was started late) but it's likly I'll be on for another year to complete the next level. I work here from 8:30 - 4 monday - friday and the school pay a computer support and maintenace company for 1 half day visit everyweek and emergency call outs.
I think thats everything I had to say
Thanks for reading