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    Hi all

    A school has asked me to look into buying a new server for them. Their current server spec is this

    2.8GHz Xeon
    1GB RAM
    500 GB HDD
    Windows 2000 Server

    The server will be used for the following

    DNS
    ACTIVE DIRECTORY / GROUP POLICIES
    DHCP
    FILE & PRINT SHARING
    APPLICATION SERVER

    The school has a top end budget of 1500-2000

    An onsite warranty is a must 3years next business day. Was thinking of going with Dell, but I am open to suggestions, many thanks.

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    How many clients/machines?
    Any School Management System?
    Any Email?
    Any Web Roles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    How many clients/machines?
    Any School Management System?
    Any Email?
    Any Web Roles?
    Its a primary school so uses Integris G2, no SIMS.
    The server won't be used for emails.
    No web hosting
    Around 100-200 clients.

    Cheers

    P.S have been looking at a site called serversdirect.co.uk, has anyone used them before?

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    THen look at an Dell t610 with a xeon 2.8/3 4gb ram and 4 500gb disks in a raid 5, server 2008 or 2008 r2 100gb boot partition and the rest as a data partitiion.

    Thanks

    james

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    THen look at an Dell t610 with a xeon 2.8/3 4gb ram and 4 500gb disks in a raid 5, server 2008 or 2008 r2 100gb boot partition and the rest as a data partitiion.

    Thanks

    james
    how does raid 5 work? will it require a seperate backup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techie101 View Post
    how does raid 5 work? will it require a seperate backup?
    Who is going to be setting the new server up, you or somebody else, if you don't know how Raid works you may be struggling.

    RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Raid 5 - read up on the forum plenty of posts on it .

    Yes always always always have a backup - ideally offsite but at least somewhere else in the school in case of fire etc etc.

    THanks

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    Redundancy isn't backup isn't archiving.
    RAID helps if a single drive fails
    Backup helps if a user deletes their files/multiple drives fail
    Archive is more for legal/long term storage "pupil records must be kept for 10 years" kind of stuff

    There's overlap of course, a backup is most of a redundant copy (except today's files). And volume shadow copy makes local backup copies of deleted/overwritten files.

    To answer the question: RAID 5 means any 1 drive can fail and it will still work, and yes, you'll still need a backup

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    Windows 2000 is over 10 years old - why would they want this? It's unsupported & there are better products. You'll need a better spec server though (for Windows Server 2003/2008) but if you were asked to go out & buy a new car would you even consider a 1973 Morris Marina?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    but if you were asked to go out & buy a new car would you even consider a 1973 Morris Marina?
    Yes because its a classic! On another note, just realised it said Server 2000, ha ha must not have read that right first time!

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    Dell warranty is second to none in my opinion. I think to keep costs down you can probably avoid RAID as it is for a primary school. But then again if you are going to keep the server for the next 10 years then get raid.
    Dell Poweredge 1950 something in that region should do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omitech View Post
    Dell warranty is second to none in my opinion. I think to keep costs down you can probably avoid RAID as it is for a primary school. But then again if you are going to keep the server for the next 10 years then get raid.
    Dell Poweredge 1950 something in that region should do the trick.
    Welcome to EduGeek OmiTech.

    No I think you should keep RAID, it's tried and tested!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    Windows 2000 is over 10 years old - why would they want this? It's unsupported & there are better products. You'll need a better spec server though (for Windows Server 2003/2008) but if you were asked to go out & buy a new car would you even consider a 1973 Morris Marina?
    Windows 2000 server software is on the current server, this is going to be replaced with a new server with Windows 2008 server software

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techie101 View Post
    Windows 2000 server software is on the current server, this is going to be replaced with a new server with Windows 2008 server software
    Oh, sorry, I misread your original spec as your desired spec for a new server. Thought I was travelling back in time for a moment....

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