Seeking advice on way to go with upgrade
Soon I starting to work a day a week in a Special Secondary level school. Their existing network has been put together by a local IT company and currently consists of an unbranded tower server running Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise? Edition Server. This poor old server sits in a particularly hot in Summer staff room, it has a decent back up set up - which currently doesn't run properly, a cheapie UPS and fufills the whole curriculum role. No Group Policy seems to be present everything running from a series of script files.
The school has something like 70 students and I'd not be surprised if an inventory found close on 100 devices (mainly PCs running XP Pro but also a couple of machines running Windows 7 RC! photocopiers, notebooks and printers make up the remaining devices), connected to the network.
I have been asked to recommend a way forward - including replacing the server - what to go for Server 2003 which I have some knowledge of or Server 2008 - untouched by me so far, relocating the server - perhaps even to a secure Air Con served room. Then arranging the transfer /set up of the new server.
The budget is healthy and I'd like to get it right with a system that does the job and is as secure as possible! Recommendations and advice would be hugely welcome.