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    How many servers in your school?

    I've been in a range of secondary schools recently, and am still always surprised at how many servers there are in some - the average I've seen seems to be between 10 and 15, although I have been to one where it was 30, before they virtualised.

    Becta's latest Harnessing Technology survey focused on desktops and notebooks, but didn't cover the server side, so nothing like a non-scientific survey:

    How many servers do you have?
    How many students?
    What type of school are you in - secondary/primary/other?

    Once there's enough responses, I'll aggregate the answers and put it back in this thread.

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    I work at three primary schools. If we are talking about DCs (as things like mail/web/filtering servers are hosted by LA) then:

    School 1: ~300 NOR = 1 DC
    School 2: ~350 NOR = 1 DC
    School 3: 600+ NOR = 2 DC

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    Infant (R-Y2) / 150 / 2
    Junior (Y3-Y6) / 480 / 3
    Junior (Y3-Y6) / 210 / 2
    Primary (R-Y6) / 330 / 1

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    Secondary 11-16, ~720 students.

    We have about 22 physical boxes acting as servers at the moment.
    Most are on the current network, but some are running the new CC4 network we are soon switching to. About About 5 of the current physical boxes will be virtualised to join 4 other already-vritual servers.

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    Middle (Y5-Y8) ~300, 2 Servers, 1 NAS, 1 SAN.

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    13 servers, one of them a VM host. Perform a variety of jobs, could virtualise further but I'm pretty happy with the setup at the moment - in this number are a hardware main domain controller, a DC with backup role, a huge file server, a Mac server and a large capacity FOG server - all things our virtual host will not take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayfleming View Post
    How many servers do you have?
    Physical or virtual? We have 10 physical machines running around 16 virtual machines, plus a separate physical backup server and a couple of machines running Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services. I plan to trim the number of physical machines down over the summer, if funds are available - some of our servers are desktops pressed in to service, we could do with consolidating to fewer but larger machines.

    How many students?
    800.

    What type of school are you in - secondary/primary/other?
    Private nursery / prep / secondary / sixth form - 3 months to 18 years.

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    work in primary school snad almost all have 1 (unless you count print server vms when manufacturers dont do 2008r2 drivers)

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    2 DC
    2 TS
    2 Fileservers
    1 App
    1 Admin/SIMS
    1 VLE
    1 Intranet
    1 ISA
    1 Backup
    1 Openaccess wLan router
    1 Proxy
    1 Print

    Possibly in the future;
    1 NAC
    More TS
    TS gateway

    Id say its extreamly easy to get 10-15 nowadays without virtualisation.

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    Secondary school 1500 pupils with about 500 desktops. We have about 8 physical servers but 2 run VM's, overall we have about 16 (VMs and physical) servers including the Citrix boxes and the Smoothwall. We'll look to move more to VM's going forwards.

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    Secondary school with about 750 students on roll

    We have about 15 physical boxes acting as servers at the moment and three NAS boxes.

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    Prep school (3-13), 510 pupils. At present, 4 physical boxes, as follows:

    1x RM CC3 DC (Forest Root)
    1x RM CC3 DC (Alternate)
    2x Hyper-V hosts, one with 4 guests, the other with 3 guests.

    That makes 9 servers that are actually used for something, +2 if you count the Hyper-V hosts which do nothing except provide the hypervisor role.

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    I'm an other: A Special School

    Here we have 120 Clients, 250 Users, 3 Physical Servers and 4 Virtual Servers (1 of the Physical Servers is a Host (Hyper-V))

    During the Summer I am going to replace two servers with another host server and 4 more virtual servers, whilst moving to windows 2008R2 and Windows 7. One of the older physical servers will be used for DPM, one will be retired.

    You may be surprised at the amount of servers I have, but this is down to the amount of services and roles that are run from them, and also the way that schools work. If you had any suggestions on how I could consolidate even further I would be happy to discuss them.

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    We have around 112 severs, alot are virtual now, slowly migrating the rest over, this is over 2 trusts, we have 2 SAN's, basically 2 of everything. More servers seem to pop up weekly and these are spread around 120 sites!!

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    Oh and to add we have some 4000 users working 24/7 in some cases.

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