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Assistance in Best Network Design for our Systems (using Win Server 2019).

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I have the following servers avaialable to me:

Purchased: Sept 2011
  CPU: Intel Xeon
  RAM: 4Gb
  HDD: 480Gb (for OS)
  HDD: 2 x 2Tb, 1 x 1Tb

Purchased: Aug 2016
  CPU: Intel Xeon
  RAM: 32Gb
  SSD: 280Gb (for OS)
  HDD: 3 x 2Tb

Purchased: April 2020
  CPU: Intel Xeon
  RAM: 96Gb
  SSD: 230Gb (for OS)
  HDD: 3 x 4Tb

NAS Rackstation
 4 x 4Tb (Raided as 12 Tb)
 NAS Box (Station)
 4 x 4Tb (Raided as 12 Tb)

I would like some guidance as to the best way to configure the above on a Domain as:
 DHCP, AD, Domain server, print Manager, GP.
 I have 20 other workstations that would be connected to the Domain - each of which will require access to 6,000 ISO images of CDs containing data.
 Other considerations:
 Store the 6,000 ISO images (approx 3Tb and growing)
 Store Admin Data (accounting, membership, volunteers etc)
 Store copies of all Software we have
 Provide an Intranet
 Provide a site accessible to outside world (internet)

Provide remote access (to Admin and/or Members)
 Store online accessible data (approx 2Tb)
 Backup all data and server OS's on to network daily (incremental)
 Copy/Sync all backup data to NAS held off site (daily).

Whilst I have some ideas floating around in my head, I am conscious of the age of the older servers and their lack of upgradability options as well as breakdowns, what about virtual servers!

SVR-3 is the newest and should be able to shoulder most of the heavy lifting/traffic etc and I expect SVR-1 & 2 could be used for minor tasks and as storage. The two NAS’s would be used for onsite and offsite Backups.

Sorry I can't give any more detail at this point. If you are able to give me some broad guidance, it would be appreciated.

Given that this entire operation is managed by Volunteers adds another level of complexity (or lack of).

Thanks for any guidance.

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