I have used Windows Server for years and have had no problems. I now work in a call center where the budget is small and they've been running with local accounts and run into many time-consuming issues. I advocated for getting a license for Windows Server, but it was turned down.
I am looking for a free and/or cheap alternative to Windows Server. Right now the most important thing (to my employer) is getting something like Roaming Profiles setup. All the work done is web-based and relies on individual users to be able to login to any computer and retain their browser settings (bookmarks, mostly). As it sits right now, each user changes bookmarks everytime they sit at a different computer and as you can imagine it is annoying and time-consuming.
Ideally we'd just use Windows Server and Roaming Profiles and lock down some features using GPOs, maybe deploy some software now and then using GPOs. I am not really concerned about deploying software at the moment, or even restricting access. Just being able to have users login to their own personalized accounts and have their browser settings saved would save massive headaches. Are there free alternatives out there for this?