CPLTD (12th November 2009)
Just a general question really, I see there was an old thread about oldest production server too. Would be interesting to hear what sort of machines you all manage to keep going, and in what role. Here, I have:
Oldest servers: 2 x Dell Poweredge 2550 (2 x P3 950MHz) - backup DC and Successmaker
Oldest student desktops: AMD Duron 850 with 512MB of RAM - they actually run really well (nothing less than 512 now)
Oldest staff desktop: AMD Athlon 1333 with 512MB of SDRAM (undergoing maintenance!)
Surprisingly small amount of trouble from the older stuff, as they tend to be put in lower use areas. Have had loads of P4 machines give trouble though, usually dying onboard LAN and IDE.
CPLTD (12th November 2009)
Have PC and servers that are 5 to 7 years old... BSF said we would have to dump them all
Some P4 3Ghz Stone machines in some integrated desks from about 2006...anything older was just too unreliable (bad equipment from previous supplier). 99% of pcs/laptops are less than 4 years old
Oldest server is a circa 2004 Dual Xeon 2.4Ghz, soon due to be retired because its massive (5U)
Oldest desktops being used are Celeron 366mhz with 32 mb of ram..
Running linux as thin clients
Oldest PC's - HP Pavillion 553x. P4's mostly now with 512mb Ram. (2002)
Oldest Server - Elonex Resilliance 5000. Dual P4-based Xeons
Oldest Laptop - RM N30-N3. Early P4's (I think) with 256mb (2002) - replacements now ordered
Oldest desktops P3 1Ghz with 256 Mb RAM, they'll be going this time hopefully. Next oldest are P4's.
Servers are all pretty new now, we just got rid of 2 Poweredge 2600s.
I do think it's a shame when perfectly workable PCs, that still do the job, are dumped just for the sake of it. I hope any that are, are offered to primaries etc.
Dumped our last thin clients a year or so back, AMD K6-2 350s, plus some Wyse terminals. They were all so slow, they got trashed while the kids waited for them to load.
Funniest thing is the kids think the celeron 366's are the quickest machines on the network.
Might be due to the very powerful TS servers they log into - logging in takes all of about 2 seconds.
Our oldest still in use are RMOnes from March 05 with spec P4 3ghz, 512mb ram (min ram anywhere) and 80GB HDDs. Starting to struggle - especially on CC4!
All 3 main IT rooms (~33 each room) are Core 2 duo, and also around 50 laptops that are core 2 (core 2 accounts for just over half our equipment - in excess of 300 comps & laptops).
Servers - oldest is a 2.4ghz Xeon from May 2004 (2 physical single core processors with hyperthreading) - want to get this replaced within the next 12-18 months.
You are right, my junior school runs some pretty old beasts but they work, and any spares are gratefully received!
Oldest spec machines still in use are RM machines that are 866mhz with 256mb RAM running xp with sp3!! they do tend to take a bit of time to logon!!
Oldest server is my exchange server Intex Xeon 2.80ghz 512mb RAM running server 2003 R2 SP2 with exchange for staff and students!!
We have two Acorns still in use. Wonderful little computers as the rare times something goes wrong you just power cycle it.
Our oldest PC’s are 5 years old as we work on a 4 to 5 year rolling replacement.
Our oldest machines still in use are P4 2.6Ghz Dell GX240s. We're aiming to reuse these as thin clients in the classrooms to work alongside the new Core2Duo machines.
We have got a big, clunky old P2 laptop sitting proudly on a shelf in our server room as a reminder of classic computing though!
Our Dell 2400 workstations are holding up remarkably well - we have most of our admin staff, teaching staff and the sixth form using them on a daily basis. They must be about 5 years old, and look like they'll last at least a couple more years - few hardware failures. We have a Dell server a similar age which I'm transferring all our images over to.
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