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Hello,

I'm working at a company that needs to move off of XP and basically upgrade everything.

I was hoping to get some recommendations on hardware and setup from others on how they would go about doing this.

Current Details:

100 User Company
100 GB Exchange Mailbox
60 GB SQL Database
400 GB File Server

It's a simple manufacturing company.  Who is currently using two virtual servers (ESXi Hypervisor, free edition), as well as a physical Exchange and SQL box.

I've not had to do much server sizing, and with visualization it seems more difficult.  They are not heavy users overall...  Very simple company.
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Sorry, but what is it that you are looking for?  We are a manufacturing company as well, and oddly enough match up with your specs pretty good.

Are you looking for desktop ideas, server ideas, network topology ideas?
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I'm mostly looking on the server side...  And I guess that would include topology?

It would be easy I suppose to go get a few DL380's and mirror the way it is now.  Though wanted some recommendations on what others might do with a company of this size.
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Here is basically what I've gotten thought out:

Just mirroring the layout we have, though replacing physical with virtual...

Hardware:
3 HP DL380 Gen8
RAID 10
8, 300GB 10k drives each
32GB RAM each

Server 1:
DC1 - Domain Controller
FS1 - File Server
AP1 - Accpac Server
IIS1 - Web Server (.net application)
      
Server 2:      
MAIL - Exchange Server
IMAP1 - Basic Mail Server for shared namespace
AVU1 - AntiVirus/WSUS Server            
            
Server 3:
DC2 - Domain Controller
SQL1 - SQL Server
PXY1 - Proxy Server (Squid)

Though, the problem is it doesn't allow access to the Storage API on the free edition.  I'd like to be able to back them up using new vm based solutions.

Based on how my management is... I wanted to create a lower cost solution, and a more HA solution.
Looks good.  If you want HA and VMotion you would at least need VMware essentials plus license.  Its a bundle so it would license your entire cluster.  For the virtual environment I use Veeam but it only backs up all the virtual servers (not physical).  

I like it because you get the AD restore, exchange restore (down to a single email), and SQL restore (down to individual tables).  There are other solutions out there but Veeam so far is my favorite.
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Are you using Essentials Plus with the VSA appliance, or do you have a SAN?