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    New Server advice

    Hi,

    We currently have about 64 laptops and 30 odd desktops. They all run Windows XP Pro.
    We have 1 server that runs Windows 2000 (Yes, really!). Medium sized Junior School.

    We need to upgrade our server to 2008, with correct licenses for everything. I'm happy to do imaging of the laptops/desktops, once a base is made, but couldn't setup the server.

    Can anyone give me a advice on a quote for supplying a server and doing this work? We are based in North Hampshire. Looking to buy from April 1st!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Try some local companies is prob the best bet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    I'm happy to do imaging of the laptops/desktops, once a base is made, but couldn't setup the server.
    Are you sure? If you can work a disk imaging system then you can install Windows Server - you just stick the install CD in, click a few buttons and you're done. Nothing complicated, no need to worry.

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    He's prob never done one before and wants peace of mind. but really it is very easy, no harder than setting up a normal OS I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    Hi,

    We currently have about 64 laptops and 30 odd desktops. They all run Windows XP Pro.
    We have 1 server that runs Windows 2000 (Yes, really!). Medium sized Junior School.

    We need to upgrade our server to 2008, with correct licenses for everything. I'm happy to do imaging of the laptops/desktops, once a base is made, but couldn't setup the server.

    Can anyone give me a advice on a quote for supplying a server and doing this work? We are based in North Hampshire. Looking to buy from April 1st!

    Thanks in advance.
    contact a company called Lanmark Technical Serivces, they will be able to help you.

    Lanmark : IT Support, Technical Services, Consultancy, Security, Monitoring, Remote, Hosting and Software.

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    Have you spoken to your local LEA or tried approaching some local secondaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    Can anyone give me a advice on a quote for supplying a server and doing this work?
    You could always buy the server, see how you get on with it, then pay for some extra help if you need it.

    We are based in North Hampshire.
    Where? I'm in Alton, probably not far away.

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    Maybe worth trying a *nix box?

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    If he doesnt want to risk it with win server, cant see him wanting to use nix.

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    Hi guys, thanks for your help. I can easily clean a machine and install a new OS, I setup a FOG server on Ubuntu, can image machines, install new hardware, do scripting and programming, use AD and GPOs, change network settings etc- fairly competent I suppose. Just never setup a Windows server, or configured it for a network.

    I guess all I want to do is replicate the IP settings and user settings from the existing Win2K server onto the new server, and then I'll need to setup the GPOs etc.

    I've got a short list of questions, and I reckon if I can get them answered, I'd be OK to do it myself (and possibly get the money for doing it!). Would it be ok to post them here? IE. anyone willing to help answer them?!

    Cheers.

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    I will answer any questions you have.

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    Awesome, thanks Chris. Will put the kids to bed then write my list

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    To some extent it depends on how much time you have to do it. If you have the place to yourself for the holidays, then go for it. If they expect it up and running over a weekend then I'd get help, if only to have someone else to blame.

    I got the LEA in when we upgraded from W2000 to 2003 on the admin server. They had all sorts of migration scripts to transfer everything and did it in a morning, leaving me the afternoon to sort out the critical workstations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    To some extent it depends on how much time you have to do it. If you have the place to yourself for the holidays, then go for it. If they expect it up and running over a weekend then I'd get help, if only to have someone else to blame.

    I got the LEA in when we upgraded from W2000 to 2003 on the admin server. They had all sorts of migration scripts to transfer everything and did it in a morning, leaving me the afternoon to sort out the critical workstations.
    Good advice- it would be a holiday job if I did it myself. Thankfully, it's nothing to do with the admin side of things, only the curriculum network.

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    Here we go!

    Setup I would like:
    - Windows Server 2008, single server
    - Windows XP Clients
    - 7 user accounts (admin, teacher, 5 student accounts)

    1. What licenses do I need to buy? We use Civica as Hampshire have a ‘partnership’ with them, although I’m free to use others. I don’t have a clue about CALs.

    2. What kind of reasonable spec server machine am I looking at for a junior school of 300 pupils, 120 laptops/pcs in total. Current one is P4 2.8Ghz, 3GB ram, 500GB HD. Does the job! Something like HP ProLiant ML115 G5 Server - Opteron 1354 2.2GHz QC / 1GB / NHP SATA 160GB / 1Yr - Ebuyer, with RAM upgrades?

    3. What version of Server 2008 do I need to buy?

    4. Are there any issues having a Win2008 server with XP clients?

    5. What are the settings that I need to get off the W2k server, to copy onto the new server? IP addresses, domain names etc… This is the bit that I’m unsure of.

    6. Is it possible to easily transfer the 7 users on the current system to the new system, or best to create new ones?

    7. What are potential issues of transferring user files over to the new system? Thinking security, permissions, ntfs type stuff.

    8. Will I need to rebuild all the client machines? Or can I take them off the domain, and then join them to the new one once the server is switched on?

    9. Are there any definite no-no’s to watch out for?

    Processes involved (in rough order):
    • Backup everything
    • Buy server, software and licenses
    • Build the server and install Server 2008 (but not connected to network yet)
    • Configure Server 2008 with domain and network settings
    • Remove all pcs and laptops from the current domain
    • Disconnect current W2k server from network
    • Connect new server, ensure it’s up and running
    • Ensure printers, login scripts, GPOs etc are setup
    • Join laptops and PCs to domain
    • Rejoice, or reboot…


    Massive thanks for any input

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