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Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, Buying my school our first set of servers. in Technical; Originally Posted by NifeWrench I finally got a second hand server that we recieved from a closed school running (dual ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NifeWrench View Post
    I finally got a second hand server that we recieved from a closed school running (dual xeon 2.4ghz 4gig with a raid 5 hot swap configuration) I think I'm going to try to put ESXi on it tomorrow and try out some virtual machines. This should be good enough for at least a domain controller or two right? I still think I'll try to pick up another server for the file storage/other stuff and maybe look into a SAN now.

    Thanks for all the help guys I'll keep you informed on how it goes.

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    Forgot to mention that we don't have to worry about e-mail or filtering, our isp takes care of both of those for us.
    Perfectly fine, assign 1GB Ram to each machine, create a resource pool and assign shares and allow the VM's to grab extra ram if they need. You could get around 10 machines running quite comfortable with a small RAM upgrade.

    And ESXi does support raid, only if the right controller is in use: Check this list ESX / ESXi 4.0 Whitebox HCL

    We have 1 x Quad 2.53GHZ and 8GB Ram and it is happy churning around 15 machines with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superfletch View Post
    Personally I'd have thought that is pretty well underpowered for the kind of job you describe (a DC or two) especially given the number of potential clients you quote.
    DCs do very little work compared to any other server. They're important, but their hardware requirements (outside redundant power and disks) are minimal. Stripped down (say 2008 core), I bet you'd easily get two, maybe three running in a Gb of ram without issue.

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