I am a network admin for a special school, currently with around 250 machines used by staff and pupils.
At the moment we have a Windows 2003 server environment with Windows XP Pro clients controlled by Active Directory. The students have Mandatory Roaming Profiles and the staff have Roaming Pofiles.
We are looking at changing the school over to Linux over the year or so and I'm keen to get the structure of the new network right straight off the block.
The main part of the question here is should I be looking at a network structure similar to the one we already have or should we be leaning more towards the 'Thin Client' Terminal Services example?
What are the advantages each method?
I know that I'm approaching Linux with a windows based eye - should I be thinking along a different route? Does linux work well in this fashion or am I barking up the wrong tree?
An odd question for which I expect there will probably be a complicated answer, hence maximum points - so over to you..
Oh, by the way, although I am knowledgeable in Windows, I am something of a virgin with Linux (training pending) so bear this in mind in your replies.