I have recently been asked to asset my churches IT support needs and infrastructure, which I am happy to do. However, I quickly come to realize that no one has kept any notes on any of the IT equipment, software, contracts, infrastructure, etc. I will be starting from ground zero by conducting a physical inventory of all equipment and software. Then I am left with digging through old files and email to find any and all references to licensing and warranties, if any exist.
Part of my plan is to stand up an actual network with domain access between two buildings that currently have 6 hardwired systems & has just been recently upgraded to a Ubiquity WAPS system. The installer did an awesome job, but I am coming in on this at the end of the project.
What I need to know is what is your recommendation for setting a new network with AD type access and account creations, but no budget to purchase any hardware or software. I will have to utilize free-ware when possible (even against my better judgement). This is small church that had to upgrade is exterior entrances & several upgrades to meet county and state codes for handicap accessibility and other things that we were hit on for being out of compliance. So funding is very scarce at the moment. Any and all suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance.