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    If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    I'd be interested to hear from those schools who host their own VLE (whichever it may be), what their server setup is. Processor, capacity, OS, the usual suspects. TIA

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    Re: If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    We host our own, we're using the Microsoft Learning Gateway. On the recommendation of Ramesys, this is what we got:

    1 server hosting Sharepoint and Class Server. That is a Dual Opteron 246 with 2GB RAM and a pair of 120GB hard drives. The server model is a HP Proliant DL145 G2.

    The other hosts SQL Server. That is a dual Opteron 250 with 4GB RAM. It has a hardware RAID controller with six 73GB 10000RPM SCSI hard drives, two mirrored for the OS and the other four in a RAID 5 array for the DB. The server is running Windows Server 2003 Ent x64 and SQL 2005 Standard. The server is a homebrew one based on a Supermicro Barebones setup.

    There is also a third server hosting Exchange which is also part of the MS MLG. However that was put in long before we had Sharepoint installed.

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    Re: If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    When it arrives we'll have a Dell dual core 1.6Mhz, 4GB RAM and 6 x 300GB HDs. Win 2003 OS. On that we'll be installing Apache, MySQL, PhP and PhPMyAdmin which in turn will run an e107 CMS which will act as our Intranet/Portal access. From that we'll be linking to Moodle which will be the main VLE from the same box.

    Hopefully it will all work nicely with AD authentication.

    Using a Win OS instead of a *nix OS may seem strange to some but none of us here know any *nix and the cost in training manhours (official) far exceeded the cost of using a Win OS.

    We decided to do it this way because it gives us a lot flexibility as to what we can use them for. ie the e107 gives us better features as far as a web site (Intranet) goes but Moodle is superior as a VLE.

    The only thing that may be added at a later date will be any digital signage kit we install, but that's another project

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    Re: If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    Moodle/drupal/apache/mysql on Centos Linux.
    Server is an old HP proliant DL360 G2 dual P3 1266MHz 2GB RAM
    It serves the school intranet and internet sites (default site for all 650 clients) as well as the VLE. load average is fine.

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    Re: If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    When it arrives we'll have a Dell dual core 1.6Mhz, 4GB RAM and 6 x 300GB HDs. Win 2003 OS.
    Alan, I suspect that machine may struggle a bit to run Windows 2003 let alone anything else Those 1.6MHz CPUs aint as powerful as the present day range

    Anyway, mines Sharepoint Based, on a HP DL380 machine - 3GHz Xeon, 1GB Ram, 200GB RAID 5 Array, Server 2003. This will run the lot, SQL, Sharepoint etc etc.

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    Re: If you host your own VLE, what's your setup?

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d
    When it arrives we'll have a Dell dual core 1.6Mhz, 4GB RAM and 6 x 300GB HDs. Win 2003 OS.
    Alan, I suspect that machine may struggle a bit to run Windows 2003 let alone anything else Those 1.6MHz CPUs aint as powerful as the present day range

    Anyway, mines Sharepoint Based, on a HP DL380 machine - 3GHz Xeon, 1GB Ram, 200GB RAID 5 Array, Server 2003. This will run the lot, SQL, Sharepoint etc etc.
    Sorry I meant Dual Processor 1.6GHz - more than enough to run it

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