Upgrade server 2003 /XP domain to new technology advice please
Posted on 2011-03-22
HI all, this could be a complex one but essentially I have taken over a medium size business as the IT manager and need to put forward a proposal to upgrade our IT infrastructre. We are a charity so funding can be tight, but money can be spent if justified.
Essentially what I have currently is three server 2003 servers, 2 are running SQL 2005, exchange 2003 and active directory. Not much else, except the usual file server print server roles and a small number of terminal server licences (8) for a remote connection to an app running on one of the SQL boxes.
We have approximately 60 users but more than likely not all logged on at the same time due to shft work etc.
What I hope to do is upgarrde to server 2008, with windows 7 professional clients. Exchange 2010 and SQL 2008 x64. Sharepoint
The question I want to ask is what are the possibilities of doing the above using Xenserver and Xen desktop? or VMware for the servers and Roaming profiles on PC clients? using OEM machines.
One main stipulation is the need for users to be able to sit at any machine in the building and still have the same familiar desktop etc. Roaming profiles will do this I know, but I hear Windows 7 makes this tough? Xendesktop seems to be the winner here but can anyone help me with recommendation for hardware or any pitfalls they may have seen when doing this...
I am open to any advice and options. But it will boil down to things that make the project blow out of cost and effort.
appreciate any answers