@Dashrender said in Large network of Windows machines without AD - GO!:
@marcinozga said in Large network of Windows machines without AD - GO!:
Intune is $6/user/month, so at 200 users you're looking at $14,400 annually. Windows Server 2019 Standard license is $800 and $8000 for user CALs, or $0 is you go with Samba.
and you didn't include the AAD license. yeah that shit is hella expensive!!! and a major reason why on prem AD continues to stick around.
It's way less than having an extra IT Admin / engineer hanging around to set up and manage all the SAMBA, Ansible, on-prem, etc., crap involved in taking care of every single point.
It's all ready to go built in management, administration, app deployment / user management / policy / compliance / reporting / updating, LANless/Global/distributed/mobile, such a huge damn list of things all ready to go, that'd you'll end up needing anyways, no building from the ground up. A basic 200-user setup for all the things would be minimal.
It's not a simple "oh just install ansible and samba". That will take a ton of work to build the entire environment unless you use something like others mentioned like Zentyal if you really want to keep the on-prem mindset going.
For 200 users, you would just need one person to set it up.
You could use ansible or something, but I'm telling you that'd be a huge PITA for a full Windows environment. I wouldn't got the on-prem or SAMBA route.