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ESXi (or HyperV)
29th March 2011, 04:37 PM #1
Server gone bang!
Death of a server in a primary school today, what would you recommend for running the following:
ESXi (or HyperV)
4 x Windows 2008 servers
2U by preference as there is not much space in the cab.
Thinking a HP ProLiant DL380 G7 with 8 x 500Gb SATA drives 12Gb RAM. Opinions?
Anything else to consider?
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29th March 2011, 04:43 PM #2
IMO - SAS over SATA. Otherwise, that's a close spec to ours which runs 5 servers nicely. I'm sure you've looked into SAN solutions for storage too, as an alternative (too expensive for me, but may suit).
29th March 2011, 04:45 PM #3
I'd got for my normal Dell R310 with a couple of 500gb disks and 16gb ram. Fits 1u cabinet as well.
Since they are so cheap you could get a 2nd one for redundancy.
29th March 2011, 04:55 PM #4
Primary school server so SAN not an option at the moment.
29th March 2011, 05:09 PM #5
- Rep Power
3s-gtech is spot on. We are installing vmware and servers (HP, IBM, DELL) into schools all the time and SAS is a must. Also make sure you confirm that whatever model you go for is VMWare or Hyper-v supported by the vendor. Oddly some models aren't so be sure to check. G7 is fine though.
Drop me a line if you want a quote.
29th March 2011, 05:19 PM #6
Any ideas for a good Dell re-seller? We have not bought any Dell kit for about ten years.
29th March 2011, 05:31 PM #7
Assuming you want new then just go directly to Dell. They will give you a Premier login that allows you to access the "Schools - Best Price Online" area.
Originally Posted by skunk
29th March 2011, 06:44 PM #8
Or call your LA and they might have a link to premier with even bigger discounts.
29th March 2011, 07:20 PM #9
DL385 G7 - AMD Opteron 8 core HE processor - its 2 U just like the DL380 G7 but with a lot more CPU power
I'd be looking at a few higher speed 10 or 15k SAS drives for Server OS and more IO intensive applications and then a few of those 500Gb drives for your user data.
Add in Server 2008R2 with SP1 (for Dynamic Memory) and you are onto a winner!
29th March 2011, 08:48 PM #10
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31st March 2011, 04:38 PM #11
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@Dos_Box. Sorry about that, wasn't aware as I'm new to Edugeek. No porblem, thanks for the heads up. I've requested more info.
31st March 2011, 04:53 PM #12
I'll 4th the motion to use SAS drives instead of SATA. IF you only have one server and a few drives serving the entire school you need to make sure the drives are as fast and reliable as possible and that means SAS.
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