Looking for advice on server upgrade
Posted on 2011-10-17
We are currently looking at upgrading some of the major components of our network, and are looking for some advice on what would be the best plan of attack.
Our current DC is about 5 years old, and is really showing the effects of being the main server in our network for these 5 years. It is currently our Domain Controller, DNS and DHCP server. it is also a File Server and License server for a couple pieces of software.
We were going to just upgrade it to some current hardware with new server software and carry on our merry way. But then decided to see if there was some thing better that we should be doing. many things have changed in the last 5 years, both with our company and with the hardware options available.
to give you some background on our company. we are a company of about 50 employees, and approximately 35 workstations. we are a manufacturing facility with mangers, engineers, sales people, production employees, etc....
there is some software that has network based licensing, other spreadsheets, databases, and drawings that are shared between users, and about 2Tb of data that is stored on this server.
So the question I have (or at least the first question) is what is our best course of action to proceed? should we just upgrade as first thought to new hardware and new software and carry on......or is there a better plan of attack, like multiple servers...DC Server, File Server, Licencing, Etc... server.......
hope I have given enough information in order to get some of the great feedback that I have come to rely on here at EE......and make me look good again ! LOL!!