A year and a half ago, the Brandywine School District--the third largest in Delaware--asked its IT team to design and implement an aggressive technology plan for a network infrastructure spanning 19 schools and encompassing 3,500 computers and 4,000 printers. The environment at that time was scattered and unwieldy. It included more than 400 different computer applications; five different client operating systems and two server operating systems; more than 20 different computer manufacturers, and more than 100 non-standard configurations; 22 separate Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 domains; fragmented computer administrative structure; duplication of effort; and high total cost of ownership (TCO)....

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