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    upgrade 2000 network advice

    Hi, we currently have 30 desktops and over 50 laptops at our junior school, all XP Pro sp2 clients, and an ageing Win2k server.

    Due to building works, we are having a new rack of switches put in, and I'd like to upgrade our server. A few questions:
    1- Should I go to 2003 or 2008? What the cheapest? Do I need a license for each client?
    2- What's the min spec you would have for a new server? Currently the server handles everything needed for the network (e.g. shared files and printers/AD/DHCP/DNS).
    3- anyone recommend any companies? Although I manage the school network, I'm not sure I could setup and install a new server. (is there a migration tool to take the settings from the old to the new server?).

    Budget is less than £1500.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Licenses you purchase now would be for Server 2008, but I would recommend you stick with the more mature Server 2003 with SP2.

    2. Minimum specification would typically be a Core 2 Duo/Xeon 2GHz, 2GB of RAM (memory), 400GB+ SATA II Hard Drive(s), Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps). Most of the big OEMs would be your best bet. Check what warranties they offer as standard.

    3. As for migrating roles etc... I would probably in your situation upgrade the 2000 Server to 2003 Server, then transfer the 5 roles (including the schema), Global Catalog, DNS and DHCP

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