Windows Server 2003

We are considering upgrading our rather creaky Win 2003 server. I would appreciate some advice on which Server Software we might go for and indeed what server model.

We run 20 workstations on Win XP with Microsoft Office 2007. We use a hosted EMail Service, so am not too bothered about Exchange.

Any advice would be most welcome about migrating users etc to a new system. Thanks!!
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TribusCommented:
I would move to a Windows 2008 SBS or a Full Server 2008 x64.  With the x64 you can have a lot more RAMand get a decent Xeon processor with SAS drives in RAID 1 or 5.

That is just my personal basics these days for a good zippy Server.
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zazagorCommented:
Hi,

If you don't need Exchange 2008,  SBS is unnecessary. Go with the Windows server 2008 x64.
Here is a good server choice: HP ProLiant ML350 G6 Server
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/15351-15351-241434-241646-241477-3884315.html.
It's a verry scalable server not to expensive to start with but you can add a lot of RAM (192 GB) and disk if you should need.

//zaZagor
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
If you prefer Dell, then the PowerEdge R710 is a great choice for future-proofing your server:
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-r710/pd

Although the R510 and R410 are two other options supporting plenty of memory, storage, dual-processors, and scalability.
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Glen KnightCommented:
SBS is the way to go for that many users, if you are not using in-house Exchange then go for SBS2011 Essentials: http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/editions-overview.aspx

The licensing costs for SBS are significantly cheaper than standard server editions.

I tend to favour HP servers, something from the ML3xx range or DL3xx for rackmount.  As long as it's got a minimum of 8GB of RAM any from those ranges will be more than sufficient.

If you are considering bringing the exchange in-house go for SBS2011 standard which gives you Exchange 2010
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TribusCommented:
I have used a Dell T410 in the past and it has been a great little server.
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