I am working with a growing business that is currently reaching the limits of their hardware and wants to upgrade their system to handle their needs over the next 3-5 years.
The company is planning on 300+ users with a maximum of around 450 over the next 3-5. They run in a Remote Desktop environment.
They have 7 remote offices, their main office where the servers are located has a 100/100mbps fiber Internet connection. The end users connect in with either HP desktop Thin Clients or HP Mobile Thin Clients. We are using Remote Desktop Gateway for authentication.
Looking for some ideas for hardware configuration that would bring high performance for the number of users and high reliability. We are using VMWare Essentials currently for the server virtualization. Would like to do some load balancing with the Remote Desktop Servers.
They would be using desktop sessions and no need for Remote Apps. The end users only require Microsoft Office, Internet Access for their web-based LOB software. They are not running any other type of application.
They need a Domain Controller, Exchange Server, File Server, and Remote Desktop Servers. I want to upgrade everything to Server 2016, Office Standard 2016, Exchange 2016
I want to take into consideration processor utilization, hard drive utilization, RAM utilization, etc. I will be running the DC on its own box. But not sure if I should virtualize the Exchange Server, File Server, and Remote Desktop Servers all on the same set of Hard Drives or if I should spilt up a DAS into different LUN's or RAID containers for each server.
Just looking for some ideas from the community that have experience with this size SMB.