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    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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    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).

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    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.

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    Primary school server so SAN not an option at the moment.

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    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.

    Good luck.

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    Any ideas for a good Dell re-seller? We have not bought any Dell kit for about ten years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunk View Post
    Any ideas for a good Dell re-seller? We have not bought any Dell kit for about ten years.
    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.

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    Or call your LA and they might have a link to premier with even bigger discounts.

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    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!

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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.

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    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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