We are a small school (about 300 pupils) and have had a quote for some new servers which I think are way over specced with a price tag of over Â£5k.
I'd like someone to back me up in my thinking so I can tell them they are being daft.
Currently we have 3 servers all running server 2003
one does PDC/file/print/AD/Exchange
one backup domain controller
It is the primary server that is the issue. Currently it is a dual 3GHz xeon with 2x72GB (raid mirror for system) and 2 seperate 146GB for data.
Currently we are using only 90GB across all.
We are planning to split off exchange to another machine.
We have been quoted for 2 Dual 3.2GHz xeon both with 3GB RAM.
The file/print server has been specced with 2x72GB drives for system, fair enough, but for data they are proposing 4x300GB drives in a RAID 5 config (2 useable, 1 parity, 1 hot swap)
This to me seems way too much given our current use.
Our Exchange database is at around 17GB yet they have propose 4 x 146GB RAID 5 !!!
In response to my query, they said "Hard disk sizes can be reduced but at no significant cost saving".
I think they are talking C**p. I've looked at various web sites and for what I think need, the cost is about half.
Perhaps you guys could give me an indication of what you are using and what size school so I can make a judgment.
lol thats a mad spec, my last place was running SQL and a shared file area on a Dual 3GHz Xeon, 3GB RAM, 1 36GB and 174GB SCSI360 drives with an LTO1 TBU, another identical box, (apart from only having 1 CPU and 1GB of RAM) was running 700 students homedrives and it flew along nicely...
btw both of those boxes cost less than Â£8000 with a nice 24 port managed GBit switch aswell.
RAID5 is useful, and i saved money on not having a RAID controllerand the extra drives, relying on tape backups instead, it all depends on your backup strategy and how much downtime you can afford.
If you do use the proposed spec you could give your users quotas of 2GB each on the filestore plus a 1GB mailbox each!
Does seem to be a little OTT. I would simply buy a dual box with a decent amount of storage to use as your new DC and file server. Move the print serving to your second DC and drop the origional DC to a member server that just runs Exchange.
We used to have custom built servers from a compnay in Bradford, that were to say the least, flaky. We had a major server crash at least every 3 days, for about 12 months. Mainly due to dodgy Mylex RAID controllers! As stable as Michael Barrymore!
After our last IT Manager went, we decided to replace most of our custom built servers with HP's. We currently have a number of HP ProLiant DL380's & DL360's working along side a NetApps filer system.
They haven't even wobbled over the last 2 years. I would definitely recommend HP servers.