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    HP DL120 + OCZ PCI express SSD as a RDS server

    Hi

    Been thinking of replacing a single self built terminal server running Xeon E3 and 8 gb RAM, at most I see 12 teachers log in running SIMS , Office etc, peaks no more than 4GB RAM usage, its on 4 x 500gb SATA running RAID 10....so thinking of upgrading to a RDS farm for say upto 50 staff?

    Thinking of buying 2 of these DL120 with 16gb RAM each:

    HP 644706-425 ProLiant DL120 G7 Rack Server | ServersPlus

    And add each with a 240gb SSD:

    OCZ 240GB RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-E SSD - Read 1500MB/s.. | Ebuyer.com

    Anyone tried fitting PCI SSDs to HP servers?

    I will MDT these so they pretty much treat them like a PC if they fail...

    Cheers all
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWu View Post
    Anyone tried fitting PCIe SSDs to HP servers?
    @jamesfed has... www.edugeek.net/forums/hardware/86672-ocz-revodrive-3-x2-hp-dl165-g7.html

    Personally I would get a Samsung 830 SSD instead. Not only is it just as fast as (and in some cases faster) than the RevoDrive 3 X2, but it will be more reliable, cheaper and TRIM works too.

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    I'd say sata SSD too. If you really wanted to you could raid 1 / raid 10 a few of them but TBH I'd say 1 with be plenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    @jamesfed has... www.edugeek.net/forums/hardware/86672-ocz-revodrive-3-x2-hp-dl165-g7.html

    Personally I would get a Samsung 830 SSD instead. Not only is it just as fast as (and in some cases faster) than the RevoDrive 3 X2, but it will be more reliable, cheaper and TRIM works too.

    Cool, do you know whether I could fit a 3.5 inch adaptor to the Samsung 830 and fit it into the 3.5inch caddy on the HP? Have to find out where I can get HP caddies since ones supplied are just blanking plates....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWu View Post
    do you know whether I could fit a 3.5 inch adaptor to the Samsung 830
    All of the 830 SSDs that have a 'D' in their model number include a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter in the box (MZ-7PC128D / MZ-7PC256D / MZ-7PC512D).

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    Have to find out where I can get HP caddies since ones supplied are just blanking plates....
    I think @Millgate sell empty caddies for HP servers.

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    Cheers for the mentions guys
    @MrWu you maybe intrested in my latest project - Series: Custom RemoteFX RDS Farm « my world of IT

    We have custom built some RDS servers using 2U cases (2 in each case cookie sheet style!) and they run off.......SATA SSDs

    Personaly though I will be sticking with PCI-E in things like my HP servers - at least I know 100% that the RAID array wont muck up on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I think @Millgate sell empty caddies for HP servers.
    I certainly do!

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    If it's just an RDP server, a single SATA SSD should be fine, should mean that TRIM works happily that way. Many RAID controllers (if not all still) prevent the TRIM command from working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    Cheers for the mentions guys
    @MrWu you maybe intrested in my latest project - Series: Custom RemoteFX RDS Farm « my world of IT

    We have custom built some RDS servers using 2U cases (2 in each case cookie sheet style!) and they run off.......SATA SSDs

    Personaly though I will be sticking with PCI-E in things like my HP servers - at least I know 100% that the RAID array wont muck up on me.
    I have been following the stufff you do, with the budget you have you are creating some damn amazing things, i have seen the stats on your VDI supporting 20 users on an SSD drives which what inspired me to use SSDs for my RDS servers, with 2 of them(DL120s) for redundancy, i could get away with single SSD and PSUs..i'm also hoping RDS is not write intensive so the SSDs should last a while.

    So i could get a pair of DL120 G7 with 16gb RAM and 256gb SSD for less than £1400 hopefully...

    Luke you up for the challange lol?

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    I think that might be a bit of a stretch! Ha

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    No worries mate, give it a go, i will PM you. :-)

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    Bearing in mind that the parts I used in the custom RDS farm were all desktop parts the 4 'servers' came in at just under £1,300 + licencing and that happily runs 30 sessions for me (looking at the stats from the servers I could probably push that to 60 easily as well).

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    If the HP comes way over budget and is a write off, I would recommend having a look at a supermicro,intel or tyan based custom server. You can probably shave quite a bit off of the HP price for the same performance and be much more flexible on specification / SSD etc .

    Luke@Millgate you can quote these right ?

    Andy

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    Yes matey, i can supply pretty much anything. I know MrWu likes his HPs though so it'll be a tough choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    Yes matey, i can supply pretty much anything. I know MrWu likes his HPs though so it'll be a tough choice!
    If only I could've built the RDS servers out of HP SL series cookie sheets - would be even cooler than blades :P HP all the way for me all the same!

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