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    Check my Sims server spec and quotes if you can provide them!

    Hi All,

    Just looking at specing a new server to run Sims on.

    I am planning on running Windows 2008 64 Bit + Full SQL 2008 on it. It will only be running sims and wont need to do any other work.

    I am looking at the spec below from Dell.

    Base:PowerEdge T310 Tower Chassis for Up to 4x 3.5" Hot Plug HDDs with LCD Diagnostics
    Processor:Intel&® Xeon&® X3460, 2.8Ghz, 8MB Cache, Turbo, HT
    Memory:12GB Memory, DDR3, 1333MHz (6x2GB Dual Ranked RDIMMs)
    Raid Connectivity:C23 Hot-Swap - RAID 1/RAID 1 for SAS6/iR/PERC6i/H200/H700, 2 Primary + 2 Add. SAS/SATA Hot Plug HDDs
    1st RAID or SCSI Controller Card:SAS 6/iR Internal Controller for Hot Plug HD Configuration
    1st Hard Drive [MQ]:146GB, SAS, 3.5-inch, 15K RPM Hard Drive (Hot Plug) x 2
    2nd Hard Drive [MQ]:146GB, SAS, 3.5-inch, 15K RPM Additional Hard Drive (Hot Plug) x 2
    Power Supply:Redundant Power Supply (2 PSU) 400W
    Optical Devices:16X DVD+/-RW Drive with SATA Cable for Win2K8 R2

    Do people think this will be sufficient?
    (The school has 1200 students and about 80-90 simultaneous sims users)

    Any obvious changes people would make?

    Also if any suppliers are about can any quote me for such a spec?

    Ta!

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    Thats ample spec to run sims - if even a little over kill..

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    RAID1? Personally I'd opt for RAID5.

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    2 separate raid 1, would be far better than one large raid 5. long as system and logs on one and sql on another.

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    but with only 4 drive bays he'd have no room for hot spares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gybe78 View Post
    RAID1? Personally I'd opt for RAID5.
    Raid5 can struggle when SQL Logs are concerned, that why its better to go with RAID 1 in this case I'd say. Or even better RAID 1+0 if you can budget for it.

    If you want to go down the RAID 5 route then put the SQL Data on your RAID 5 and your logs on a seperate RAID 1 volume and also your OS on a seperate RAID 1 volume.
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    I know this sounds stupid but I didn't think capita supported 64bit servers yet? Just means they might not be overly keen to help if it goes wrong.

    Toby

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    Out of interest what sort of price is the kit you have specd?

    What will you be doing for backup?

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    Dell website has it at £2300.... awaiting supplier quotes at the moment

    We backup to LTO2 tape every few days and the sims database is scheduled to backup to a harddrive each night

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I know this sounds stupid but I didn't think capita supported 64bit servers yet? Just means they might not be overly keen to help if it goes wrong.

    Toby
    Capita do support 64 bit but not server 2008 R2 yet

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    working on a quote for you now fella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecate View Post
    Capita do support 64 bit but not server 2008 R2 yet
    Is it recommended not to go with Server 2008 R2 then? What is recommended for 64 Bit OS?

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    Check on support net or with your local SIMS support but I've been told standard 64 bit server 2008 (and 64 bit 2003) are supported but there is as yet no support for R2. That doesn't necessarily mean it won't work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecate View Post
    Capita do support 64 bit but not server 2008 R2 yet
    ahh - that sounds more sensible!

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    That's overkill for Sims really.

    I run 150 concurrent users no problems on a server with 4gb ram and a dual core cpu.

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