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New servers, what hardware requirements do I need?

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Hi,

We need new servers for our school, but I don't really know what kind of server-hardware (processors and memory,..) we need. Below I have a description of the setup we want.

All servers will run Windows Server 2012 R2. The locations are connected with VPN.

Campus A - 2 servers
Server 1:  AD, DNS, DHCP, Group Policies, Userlock and UMRA.
Server 2: File-server, Print-server and PaperCut

On this campus we have about 200-250 computers in continuous use, 20 printers (network HP's) and 4 copiers (Konica Minolta). Since we are a school most computers are logged on and off every 50 minutes. So at the beginning and the end of the lessons there is much extra traffic. The logons, group policies, networkfolders, .... need to fast and thorough.
We have about 600 users here. Server 2 will need a least 500GB harddisk.

Campus B - 1 server
Server :  AD, DNS, DHCP, Group Policies, Userlock (secundairy, backup), File-server, Print-server and PaperCut (secundairy printserver)

On this campus we have about 50 computers in continuous use (sometimes 50 more for a few hours a week), 4 printers (network HP's) and 2 copiers (Konica Minolta). Since we are a school most computers are logged on and off every 50 minutes. The logons, group policies, networkfolders, .... need to fast and thorough.
We have about 450 users here. Server will need a least 360GB harddisk.

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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As long as you meet the system requirements for Windows Server 2012R2, you should be fine at a minimum.  

You can never have too much memory, disk space, too many CPUs, and too high a clock rate, so anything you can afford is what you should do.  My rule of thumb is to set a price point and get the most hardware I can for that dollar amount.  

Since these servers need to be very reliable, I'd stick with server-class hardware.  It's more expensive, but won't be as flaky as desktop hardware.
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