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    Server Recommendation Please

    The person who would normally do this is off at the moment and I’ve been asked to look at a specification for a new server for our network. It will run 2000 (possibly 2003) server and be mainly used for file sharing – both user data and other regularly accessed files.

    The budget I have been given to work towards is £1500. I’m thinking serial ATA on a Raid 5 array with a GB NIC. However, I’m not sure what processor or memory to recommend. All suggestions gratefully received.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Processor isn't vastly important. I'd probably just get a low end Opteron.

    Lots of memory will help speed up the filesharing, especially if your using the same files all the time. This is because the OS (certianly Linux, I presume Windows gets up to the same tricks) keeps recently and frequently used files in memory so can avoid going back to the (compartively) slow disks for them if it can help it. To that end, I'd say a minimum of a gig, but two would be better.

    If your just doing straight filesharing you might want to consider some of the SAN and NAS solutions avalible on the market too.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Dell will do you a good deal with educational discount, and with good support afterwards.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    if can get 2003 go for it as free 2000 support end this year?

    russ

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Dell Poweredge with 2k3 Don't bother paying out for SATA, from what I've seen it only really makes a different in A/V editing, stick with SCSI-RAID5. Go for more memory over a faster processor for the reasons already given.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Diello
    Don't bother paying out for SATA, from what I've seen it only really makes a different in A/V editing, stick with SCSI-RAID5.
    Isn't SATA cheaper than SCSI?

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Quote Originally Posted by altecsole
    Quote Originally Posted by Diello
    Don't bother paying out for SATA, from what I've seen it only really makes a different in A/V editing, stick with SCSI-RAID5.
    Isn't SATA cheaper than SCSI?
    Yes... of course it is... *bangs head against wall*

    ...let's try that again...

    Stick with IDE-RAID5.

    Better.

    * waits to be lynched ops: *

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    if can get 2003 go for it as free 2000 support end this year?

    russ
    In about 8 days actually.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    have been looking at some Dell NAS powervault boxes for cheap dedicated file serving. They are SATA based and go upto a a 250 gig X 4 configuration.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    @altecsole:

    Licensing:

    You haven't mentioned whether the 1.5k includes licensing too.

    Remember that if you get a 2003 server OS, you need to get 2003 device/user cals for every machine/user that will connect to that server, including the other servers Having 2000 cal's is not enough I'm afraid but I believe you can buy "upgrade" cals that may be cheaper for you

    I personally get 2003 device cals for every desktop as it allows you to connect to any number of MS Server OS server's - whether they are 2003 or 2000 (not sure it covers nt - would have to look into that)

    The person who would normally do this is off at the moment and I’ve been asked to look at a specification for a new server for our network.
    Let me know if you dont understand cal's and I shall explain further

    Regarding the equipment:

    I got a HP Proliant ML350 G3 (cant get them now - G4 revision now) for my DC but it all depends what you are going to be serving and how many I would say.

    What I'm getting in for my Exchange Server might be ideal for you - here's some links:

    Server - http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...t_id=HPIA041B7
    SATA HDD - http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...t_id=HPGA03UR8
    Additional RAM - http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...t_id=HPEA03WMB
    SATA RAID Card - http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...t_id=ADGA04ALD

    You'll probably...definately I mean... want a UPS attached to it and I stick with APC ones as so far, none of the ones I've bought have died yet lol

    Same goes with all the HP gear (minus a tape drive that worked for 3 years perfectly) - all the SCSI HD's I have (in the server's I've had previously & hardware still work!

    Can't say if thats the same for every brand, but its why I stick with HP.

    Again, let me know if you want more info

    Regards,
    N

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    If it's dedicated file storage that you need, go for one of the Storage Server-based boxes that someone like DELL does. These are tweaked for the task and can be set up in minutes.

    Remember though, if you just need to increase the storage space for your existing servers a SAN may be better - this will alllow block-level access which means you can pop your databases on there, along with Exchange, etc. plus share out files.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Let me know if you dont understand cal's and I shall explain further
    We've got a MS Schools Agreement which, I'm reliably informed, allows us to use 2003.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    [take a look at my edited post above btw - you guys were too quick to respond lol]

    Ahh i see - there's onyl one school in powys that has that and hasn't been very forward with the info so cant say for sure the licensing etc, but MS dont allow you to use the full version of OS with vol agreements anymore.

    I dont know if the same can be said for Server machines and MS Schools Agreement may be different but I better mention it anyhow.

    Its a stupid change in MS ruling, but isn't it always lol

    Check with MS about that to be sure tho - you must have a number you can ring. I havent got the Education phone number to hand or i'd post it.

    Regards,
    N.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Insight are falling over themselves to give education customers a good price. As Nathan has pointed out - there are some HP options to consider.

    Not a big fan of Dell since my stack of 4 have had most of the hard drives replaced - about 12 - in the last 4 years. I trying HP for a bit better reliability.

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    Re: Server Recommendation Please

    Yeah - got about 25% off some IBM gear not so long back from Insight.

    (Just trying the same for some Cisco Wireless now!)

    Andy.

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