Server Upgrade – What path to go?Locked
So a little back story here:
We currently have around 78 users and around 50 computers located at 4 separate buildings. (Sites)
We use Windows Server 2003 SMB.
I’m curious on if I should implement a Server 2008 R2 Std install or should I wait for the next release of either Windows Server 8 or Windows Server 2012?
We want to get out of the SMB server environment. I have experience with Debian (Linux) servers but haven’t touched one in 4-5 years.
From a cost perspective if Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 is much better then Server 2008 then it would be worth waiting, however if there isn’t much of a cost difference for a “upgrade” – if there is a upgrade path? – then a Server 2008 R2 Std roll-out would meet our needs.
Then again if Debian has come along (or another linux based Server OS) that is fairly simple to setup (Non-command / Terminal based) then that would be acceptable too.
If would need to run a active directory environment or emulate one, the client computers are all W7 Pro SP1, however we expect to add a few Linux distros for the IT Staff (More of a toy) but we hope one day to rid our self’s of paying so much for M$ licensing. I’ve seen libre office come along and believe with a little training our users can switch to that.
We never plan to upgrade to Windows 8, that looks like junk to us.
So Server wise, what would you suggest? Both are viable options, however if someone has information or links to Server 8 / Server 2012 information that shows a significant advantage over Server 2008 R2 Std that would be great!
The New Server will be one of Several. We don’t plan a mixed environment for our servers. We want Exchange, AD, IIS or Equivalent, Print, SQL.. The whole picture as you can see.