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Question: Server Hardware Recommendations

My knowledge is quite limited but could anyone provide some insight and/or recommendation of the following type of servers (hardware). That is, should we looking to go for the RackMount servers or Blade? To provide some context, we’re essentially a small team of less than 15 people but looking to expand over the years, we trade daily and have a huge amount of data input. Server hardware is something we do not wish to go cheap (but within reason for a small shop like ours) on given how crucial it is, simply we want something that is effective and won’t create any major headaches in the future.

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

Min Requirements (I've been told I have been misquoted - but this what I was told):
- Server is to have 8 or 16 cores (2 to 4 CPUs) using the fastest processor available and 4GB memory.
- Raid 1 with 2x15k hard drives and Raid 10 (1+0) array are required for log and data either via direct storage or SAN.

Recommendations made to us:

Rackmount: DL360 G7 – Model 579240-421 (1 Xeon 5650/6Gb Mem)
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

Blade: BL460c G6 – Model 595725-B21 (1 Xeon E5650/6Gb Mem) with HP SB40C Blade
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives – Model 512545-B21

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Preferred Solution: Server Hardware Recommendations

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Answer: Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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hi! we have a project right now and we're supposed to configure hardware requirements for a fictitious company. i'm really not good at hardware so it would be really great if someone cud help! i'm not sure if i'll be able to put enough information here so anyone could understand..just reply if there's any important information that i missed... the "company" is supposed to be an international sports broadcasting company that would like to build a new library system for their stats and videos. we're supposed to work around the present hw and sw that they have and produce an efficient ( cheap but excellent ) specifications..they already have:-100-user license for a database server(Oracle 9i RDBMS)-50 Pentium 3 pc's running at 933 MHz-existing open-system architecture consisting of pc's connected thru WAN via TCP/IP and SPX/IPX, UNix and Windows2003 boxes and Novell Netware file serversthe "company" prefer that the proposed hardware follow the following specifications...SERVER:RDBMS- specifically supports Oracle RDBMS 9i- supports othermajor RDBMS (i.e. Informix, Sybase, etc) for future upgradeOS- supports Unix OR Windows2003 OR Novell Netware 4.11 higherCLIENT:OS- supports WindowsXP OR any Linux flavor OR MAC OS higherAPPLICATIONS- can accomodate Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and Oracle DeveloperMULTIMEDIA- suports audio and video playbackNETWORK- supports TCP/IP and SPX/IPX network protocolthanks to anyone who could help. I like learning this stuff but i'm a... Read more

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Situation: Our group has a desktop computer tied (via ethernet cable) into a municipal network, which we pay quite dearly for. Our money allows us to utilize the city's servers for our backup, internet, and network communication needs. The city maintains the desktop's O/S and MS Office software but we are responsible for CMS and Accounting programs.

We recently (Oct '09) purchased a laptop to augment our needs, bookkeeping and data input, so we would free up the desktop for regular business needs. Not wanting to double our current usage fees, which are already running in excess of $200/mo and since the city has a WiFi hotspot in the facility where we have our office, we suggested the possibility of setting up a VPN between desktop (server) and laptop (client); having an isolated partition on the desktop that the laptop would connect to but would restrict the laptop from the city's network.

Now 3+ months later (isn't bureacracy grand?) with numerous calls and emails, I find out today that they can't do it (some sort of policy issues they could have told me back in Oct).

BUT...they would not have a problem if we were to setup our own wireless connection between the laptop and desktop. At these times tho, we COULD NOT be connected to the city's network. In essense, pulling the city's network connection off the desktop and plugging in the laptop.

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Answer:Need Hardware Recommendations

I can solve part 3 for $12. Just need to know about the router or access point.

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hi, i'm not sure if this is the right forum to be posting this, but here i go (sry of it is the wrong forum)I recently was given an assignment in one of my Year 11 computing classes...It says that i am supposed to recommend certain things to an imaginary company, with some budget limitations.of this, there are two i am having trouble in doingCan someone please tell me (or direct me to somewhere that can) some hardware recommendations for a server that can handle DCHP and DNSand back up options to provide redundancy in case of a hardware crash, a fire or other type of emergency.Any help will be greatly appreciated.....

Answer:hardware recommendations

I think for that question you have to go to  

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Wife is pregnate
Need to work from home which requires broadband & VPN to the office.
Cable Broadband is the only option.
Only available cable jack location requires wireless hardware.
Will be networking a desktop (XP Home) and a laptop (XP Pro)
Laptop will be used at work (wired) and home (wireless).


Due to the above scenerio, I need to set up a wireless network at my house that incorporates a cable broadband connection, a desktop and a laptop that will be used at work and at home that will be able to use a VPN that connects to work. I do not have any of the hardware to accomplish this task, which looks like it will require a cable modem, router/access point and nic cards.

Based on this information, what wireless standard and brand of hardware would you recommend? I am leaning toward the Linksys brand, as they have all the components I need and will essentially be a "matched" set. Also, periodically I will be printing and transfering 10mb+ Word docs back and forth.

Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Hardware Recommendations

I've used some Linksys stuff and it has worked great for me. They have routers with access points built in which would work perfect for your situation. They also have a signal booster should u run into some issues with that.

I would however deviate just a little from Linksys for the laptop. The linksys PCMCIA network cards work, but I hear that a card like an Orinoco Gold (for 128-bit WEP) or a Silver (for 64-bit WEP) is more sensitive and therefore could possibly give you better range or speeds.

If you can afford it and you'd like better speeds, go with 802.11 G. B will work, but G should give you better speeds. Just check on the Orinoco cards supporting the G standard. (I'm not 100% sure cuz I was looking for one for a B access point.

Good luck!

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I am having a few problems with my system freezing up and have tried many things to stop it. The only thing that seems to work is under clocking my system running the bus speed at 100 rather than 133. It wasn't a very hight spec machine any way so now I think I am going to upgrade.

Basically I want advice on what to get and make sure it all fits together nicely and is compatible. Ok here is what I need to buy:

Power Supply
Sound Card
Extra CPU Fan ???
Windows XP?

Here is what I want to keep from my current system:

The Case
Graphics Card (Radeon 8500LE)
Floppy Drive
80 Gig HDD
20 Gig HDD
USB Stuff

I really want to have a system that is going to last me the next couple of years so maybe 2ghz plus with 3/4 to 1 gig of memory. I mainly use it for games and am quite happy with my graphics card at the moment even though it is getting out of date. I think I want to update the rest of the stuff first and can't really afford both.

Any suggestions of places to buy cheap kit (I am in the UK) and recommendations of what to buy would be great. I hope to keep to a budget of around maybe £300 but could stretch to a bit more if needs be.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hardware Advice and Recommendations Please...

are you wanting to go with Intel or AMD?

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Well, its about time to start the next certification quest, ccnp.
When I worked on the CCNA, I used a sim software instead of real equipment. It wasn't bad, and it allowed me to easily pass the test, but it wasn't quite the same, and had some functionality missing and some quirks.
So for the CCNP series I would like to actually get some hardware to work with. So for those who have taken the CCNP, or those just in the know, what equipment would you recommend? It would be nice if I could get some of the big iron that we have at work, but that is just not economically feasible. I would like to keep the cost under $1000 if at all possible.

Answer:CCNP lab hardware recommendations

Hey, I've been looking for equipment as well but I'm a cheap ass and I can't afford anything. There are lots of auctions out there that can give you an idea what most people have and if you want to change it or not is up to you.

Looks like 3-4 2500s plus 2-3 1912 switches and a bunch of other stuff. Makes a decent lab, gives a little bit of everything, I think he is charging too much, you might be able to buy all of them seperately cheaper or if you shop around for a different lab.

good luck!

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hello -

i work at home and i have a business line coming into my house and i host several non-production functions for the company.

due to some ever-bungling changes at comcast, i will soon be without any sort of NAT/Firewall hardware.

i'm looking at this netgear equipment for the job:

there's one feature that i really need however, and i do not know exactly what to call it (port forwarding sounds too broad, though it may be correct.).

here's the scenario - a fellow developer cannot connect to my development sql server because his ISP does not allow port 1433 transmissions.
so i receive his 14333 transmission and route it internally to x.x.x.x:1433.

this is a must.

other than that, it looks like i can get what i need out of a wide range of products.

any help would be appreciated.

Answer:I need recommendations on NAT/Firewall hardware

I'm not real familar with that particular unit but from reading the information on that page it sounds like it should do everything you need and then some.

As for the issue with connecting to your SQL server - you are looking for port forwarding, however you have to make sure the router you go with supports setting seperate internal and external ports, I think most routers now days do, and a higher end unit like the one you are looking at should have it. You basically set the external port to listen to and then set what internal IP and port it needs to be forwarded to.


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Does anyone have any recommendations on external hardware?? My laptop is getting full and I want to put all my music, movies, and pictures on the external hardware. Please help!! Thanks!!

Answer:External Hardware Recommendations

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Hi, i am in the process of setting up a small business - we require an electronic data management system that needs to be uploaded onto a host server.

As we are a small business but hope to expand, would we be best placed to purchase a small server for our data sharing and storage needs that we can upgrade as the business expands or initially start off with a cloud storage server?

We will be working from a small office in quite a rural location but the main scope of the business will be out and about carrying out surveys that need to be uploaded onto the data management system.

Any advice would be greatly received.

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Hey guys I'd like to see what you guys think of my system and where you think I could improve on my set up with out buying a new mobo and cpu.

ECS N2U400-A :
Specs: Nvidia 2 chipset
FSB 400
Dual Channel DDR400
6 Channel Audio
10/100 LAN

AMD 2700+ XP
256MB DDR 2700, WD 80GB IDE 7200 8mb cache, WD 8GB 5400,
ATI Radeon SDR 64mb, Creative Labs PCI 16 4.1, 52x cdrom, Toshiba 4x DVD-RW, Creative Labs 56k v.92 modem. Generic Mid-Tower with 480mm fans intake, 1 80mm fan side exhuast, 1 60mm rear exhaust fan. 350w PS.

Thats what I have. I would like to know where you think I can greatly improve system performance. While keeping the same board and processor. I'm running Win XP prof SP1.

Answer:Hardware Upgrade Recommendations

Definitely more RAM. Another 512MB of RAM would make the most difference.

Not exactly relating to your physicial computer, but if you're still using that 56k modem, broadband is a great upgrage

[Edit] If you intrested in gaming, a new video card is in order.

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I'm being asked more and more recently advice on a backup solution, mainly for people who have very little knowledge of PCs

In most cases the people have quite a lot of data , maybe 16GB of photographs, 5-10GB of music, documents etc.
for example today I migrated a system with 20GB of photos going back to 2001.
Normally I would advise to backup onto two separate external harddrives, as they are quite cheap now, I have also recommended a NAS drive , but thats a single point of failure, but very useful, when you have a family household with multiple devices.

I wondered what other members here do any cheap hardware solutions to this increasing problem


what software people use

i have used and recommended synctoy,

what free/very low cost solutions are available - that are reliable and remember the audience I'm particularly focused on do not know PCs very well (quite a few in there 80s and only just started to use a PC for the first time), but most are now on windows 7

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Hey, what is a good program to test the RAM, HD, and MB components?

This computer here has brief halts every few seconds. Its not running smoothly. I know the monitor has shown a strange red screen before. The sound is distorted and cracky. It takes a long time to restart or shutdown the computer.

I figured testing the RAM, MB, and HD would help me narrow things down. I know the HDD had virus problems before and was reformatted by another guy. I originally built this computer and had no problems for the few months I had it before giving it to a friend.

2 GB DDR2-667 Super Talent
CPU E4300 C2D
GPU ATI Radeon X1650 Pro, 512 MB AGP...MB also has PCIe video card slot.
HDD Seagate 320 GB

Answer:Recommendations for hardware testing programs?

You probably already know about this, but this is a wonderful diagnostics tool, that a guy on here recommended to me: you can check it out:

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I'm new to PFsense and this subforum.

Im trying to build a sub $200 PF sense system strong enough to support Snort.

I heard a celeron J1800 has enough power but most systems mitx that i have found use Realtek which I have heard is not compatible with PFSense

In order to counter that I have been recommended something like this aliexpress:

but I would personally preffer something ship from here.

I have seen people in the forum (here) mention a intel NUC but most with my requirements surpass the budget.

Alix (some recommendations) do not seem strong enough.

I have also looked at Foxxconn and Zotac mini pc barebones (no idea if these work).

Do you guys have any recommendations?
I preffer sd card as storage but I'm open to opinions.

Note I'm not an expert at these jsut barely try to install it on my old laptop but was unable to due to hw not being compatible.

Answer:PFSense hardware recommendations (newb)

An old server with dual Intel NICs may be your best bang for your buck or run it in a VM to try it out. If you use an SD card make sure you use the correct version of pfsense so it does not constantly use the card.

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I popped into my local branch of comet to buy a mains adaptor for my Kodak digital camera, my jaw made an audible bang as it hit the floor after being told that a 3 volt adaptor for the camera is ?25. My question is what sites do you use for purchasing accesories etc for digital cameras, my other question is am i being stupid assuming that a 3 volt mains adaptor would be less than ?25 ???

Answer:Online hardware purchasing recommendations?

Well, ?25 seems about right if it is a special one for a camera - the one for my camera gets plugged in instead of a battery and costs roughly the same. If it is a standard adaptor, then it sounds a little high.

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Hey everyone. I am going to build my second computer and wanted some tips on hardware to pick. This is what I was thinking.
COOLER MASTER CM Stacker STC-T01-UWK Black/Silver Front panel with Black side panels Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: STC-T01-UWK
Item #: N82E16811119039

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N32-SLI Deluxe
Item #: N82E16813131568

GIGABYTE GV-3D1-7950-RH Geforce 7950GX2 1GB (512MB x2) GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card - Retail (2 of these)
Model #: GV-3D1-7950-RH
Item #: N82E16814125035

FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX700-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W All-In-One Power Supply - Retail
Model #: FX 700-GLN
Item #: N82E16817104015

AMD Athlon 64 FX60 Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADAFX60CDBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103608

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA NCQ 3Gb/s ST3160812AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (2 of these in raid 0 hopefully)
Model #: ST3160812AS
Item #: N82E16822148105

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
Model #: 30SB035000000
Item #: N82E16829102178

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My company has a new site consisting of 5 PCs connected to a cable modem.

I'm looking to protect their LAN with a hardware and/or software firewall. Something easy to administer and inexpensive but effective. So far my ideas for a software firewall are Zonealarm Pro, hardware firewall perhaps a Netscreen 5?

Also any recommendations on how to set it up to be very effective would be appreciated.

Answer:Software/Hardware firewall recommendations


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EDIT - Yeah, whoops, there's a sticky on this... doh! Nevermind...

Hey folks, I'm studying for my CCNA and I'm looking at picking up some cheap networking hardware to do some experimenting and lab work with.

I've been browsing eBay looking for good deals, but I'm not entirely sure what I should spring for.

I'd like to keep it all as cheap as possible, but I don't want to aim so low that I won't have the hardware I need to do everything I need to do.

Currently all I've really got is a laptop, a mid-end desktop (Triple-core Phenom), and a couple low-end test bed machines to work with currently. I've been doing some monkeying around with Linux server distros and experimenting with some virtualization in lieu of having any good hardware to work with. I've also got enough spare components floating around to probably build another low-end desktop, but I'd rather not.

I figure you guys can give me some good advice. Money is tight, so I only have a couple hundred bucks to work with. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Answer:CCNA study: hardware recommendations? Sticky thread like 2 posts above yours!


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G'day Guys,

I'm looking at putting Vyatta onto a small router style platform. I'm looking for something that has multiple 10/100MB ports and a WAN port, so I can customize to my hearts content. I'm looking for small form factor, quiet (preferably passive cooled, but not vital), and fairly inexpensive. Re-purposing a device from eBay is fine as well. Suggestions?

Cheers in advance!

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I've been scouring the net for recommendations on hardware that enhances the Vista x64 Media Centre experience. Like a TV tuner card with IR Blaster (I have a satellite dish with set top box) that works well with x64 Vista. A remote control that enables change volume, etc. I'm not looking to break the bank but I'd also like to buy something that works well.

I've read several posts at this site and others about people having driver, compatibility, operability, and the like issues with hardware and Vista Media Centre.

Looking for anyone out there with factual opinions on further enhancing my Vista media centre? Thoughts? Products? Comments?

Many thanks in advance for your shared input, information and experiences.


Answer:Vista x64 Media Centre Hardware Recommendations

Nobody has a recommendation for a TV Tuner that works well with Vista x64 Media Center that includes IR Blaster Functionality for controlling a satellite set-top box?

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I need to build a few custom Untangle UTM boxes for a few clients coming up in the next few months and I am looking for some recommendations, general thoughts, your experience, etc on the hardware and enclosure. Most of the places I have found that sell the rack mount enclosures I am not sure of their reputation and a lot of them are mini-ITX VIA based solutions, not sure if that will be enough power for me.

The requirements are the boxes have to be rack-mountable in a standard network rack using just the ears, no 4-post and no rail support. I would like either 1U or 2U and it needs to look like an appliance, not a server.

One of these will be going into an off-campus apartment complex that is housing nothing but college kids, about 200, that do nothing but download pr0n and movies on the bittorrent so I am thinking dual-core 2GHz+ CPU, 1-2GB RAM and an 80GB SATA drive. Will either get a mobo with dual-LAN ports or just a second PCI NIC.

So, do you guys have any particular cases that you recommend or have experience with? Any retailers that specialize in these types of appliances that I just missed? I apparently do not have the ability to use google like I used to, most of my results turn up junk or just places in Europe . . .

Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Building custom UTM appliance, need hardware recommendations

Supermicro makes some very good stuff.

Are you going to run that as a proxy as well? Anyway I would prob go with 2 gigs to be safe. I would look into setting up a raid 1 for that if possible to lower downtime.

Anyway in the past I've used logic supply to built some appliances. Last few for captive portals where a 1ghz via chip will do fine. I built them using the Morex 5677 case and just mounted the case to the wall(your solution will need a little more then this though) With that though you could always get a short 1u case from them and built one off a mini-itx solution. Would draw less power and make less noise then that supermicro setup. Run a core2 mobile chip or an amd mobile chip.

Total built could be had for under 800 bucks. I'm sure you could get it in for less with some work.

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I'm looking for an inexpensive hardware RAID PCI E x16 or x1 card. It seems that they are at least $100 for one with 2 ports, anyone know of anything cheaper? Refurbished cards would be fine too.

I appreciate the responses!

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If you had to chose between Dell and another OEM manufacturer for a server to be used in a 1-20 user/employee/computer office network, which OEM would you go for? For a long time I have been recommending/selling Dell servers to my SMB clients (mainly the Poweredge T series) and am pretty comfortable working with these servers. However, I'm also a Lenovo business partner and they seem to have some aggressive pricing. Have any of you used Lenovo servers lately? Pros/cons? Warranty support good? I noticed HP is now selling Microsoft software licenses as a kit when you purchase a server, appearing to be discounted, even if you were to buy the licenses separately through a volume agreement.

Also, being that most of my clients in the 1-20 user/employee/computer office environment are looking at their bottom line, how would you configure a new server (not skimping on specs but not spending $$$ on features that wouldn't be fully used) to run Microsoft SBS 2008 (some using Exchange, others not yet but may in future)? RAID1/5/10? 8GB RAM enough? Intel Xeon E5600 series processor? SATA or SAS drives?

Here is what I would normally build out a server from Dell:
single Intel Xeon E5620 processor
PERC RAID card configured in RAID1
500GB SATA drives x 2
SBS2008 (I don't have much experience with SBS2011 yet, figured it would be best to let others work out any potential issues first)

Good or bad?

Answer:SMB server recommendations

I have sold a lot of HP's, I personally think their service levels are better than dell, they don't give me the run around on basic crap.

Config is ok, but if your running SBS you should really get some 10K SAS drives, 15K is the budget allows for it. SBS services are hogs

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I am looking to purchase some used Dell servers. I need some basic specs on what to look for. I am looking to purchase 3 servers. Two of them I need to purchase with a legal license. This is to prepare myself as much as possible for all the exams I plan on taking soon. Yes this is going to cost a little bit but its much cheaper then the 26K Centriq wanted for classes.
They probably dont have to that powerful do they?
1 for Windows Server 2003 to practice for my MCSA
1 for Windows SBS- To practice setting up a exchange server/blackberry server
1 for Windows Home server- this one is for me, I just want to try it out.

What should I look for in processor spec,memory, hard drives?

Answer:Server recommendations

You don't need to invest in used Dell servers.

Throw together a cheap box with multiple drives for RAID and have at it. A cheap Intel dual core with 2GB RAM would be fine.

Then get the best deal you can find on SBS2003. Either demo, partner pack, student discount, Ebay, whatever.

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I am building a server for work and I would like some recommendations or opinions since I am quite new to this. The server will have around 10 clients and will be running an MS-SQL database with around 80.000 entries and growing…

1) Should I go with Dual Intel Xeon processor 2.8GHz with 512KB cache or Single Intel Xeon processor 3.0GHz with 1MB cache ? Price is the same.

2) And last but not least, will I benefit a lot if I go SCSI on the drives or should I just stick to SATA which is 1/4 the price ? In both cases, I’ll be running RAID 1.

3) Which OS should I choose ? Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server ? Pros and cons ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Server recommendations

Server 2003, no reason to go 2000 now that it's out. There's a debate out there that two lower clocked procs are the same speed as a higher clocked single proc because the single gets work done in half the time and can hit the next job sooner. If you are only providing one service, I'd think single would be fine. Especially with more cache. I'd also recommend take a serious look at the Opteron instead of the Xeon. Not to turn this thread into a debate, but I believe the Opteron dominates in SQL and costs less to boot. As for storage, I'd either do SATA in RAID5 or SCSI in RAID1 assuming you don't have a lot of money to spend on storage...

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I've got a client who sends out 2,000 or so faxes per week using a fax service. They fax to client they have in their ACT database. Right now, they're using a online service to do this.

They're looking to cut some costs and want me to look into fax servers for them. What do you guys recommend? Any other suggestions for me?

Basically, they'd like to maintain a database of fax numbers and send out mass faxes one or two times a week to these 2,000 or so numbers. Let me know if you need more info.

Answer:Fax Server Recommendations

We use an online service - we usually only send out 500 faxes at a time though. We used to send out the faxes through our in-house program, but for the amount of time it tied up the lines, plus the long distance charges, it got pretty expensive.

We use and they charge six cents per page faxed in the USA. I doubt you could come in cheaper with a fax server.

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I would like suggestions and recommendations on buying a new server. My primary needs are hosting an internet based software application, domain controller and antivirus server.

I've been looking at the Dell PowerEdge Tower Servers and I really like those and the pricing. Trying to keep it under $2500.

Any suggestions on hardware specs?

Answer:Recommendations on new Server

What type of server do you want? rackmount or a tower server.

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I'm looking to streamline some company procedures, and would like to know if anyone can recommend a fax server for a small business.

Our service techs fax in their worksheets currently, so we end up with hard copies floating around the office. We're thinking that we can use a fax server to facilitate storing digital copies for better record keeping. I know small biz server 2003 has this capability, but I'm leary about installing a modem on my server (power surge more than security). And most of the server based apps cost more than I can justify spending.

So essentially what I'm looking for is a stand alone program for XP pro. Big plus if it can route traffic by the ID of the senders fax machine. Stability and a relatively simple user interface are also important.

Thanks for any recommendations.

Precision IT

Answer:Fax server recommendations

Ok,,,I'm looking for basically the same thing. I was using a client/server setup, but now most of our applications are web-based and we are going back to 5 workstations setup on a peer to peer network. All workstations are windows xp pro and we need to be able to share one fax modem to send and receive faxes. Any fax server software recommendations???

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Hello,Could anyone please recommend a good hosting company to host a website written in ASP.Net with a SQL Server 2005 database ?I normally favour Heart Internet, but they don't offer Windows hosting.I'd be grateful for any suggestions please.

Answer:ASP.Net / SQL Server Hosting Recommendations

click here

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Hey all,A question beyond my expertise was aimed at me today:A client has 5 computers running XP / ME / 98 / 2K and varying versions of Outlook on a network. At the moment, whoever presses send / receive gets the present crop of e-mails.They obviously need a mail server, but don't have the cash, or the infastructure, for MS Exchange.What else is out there? I need something that the client will run on anything from ME to XP, with the host post-box running on a server machine (a 600mhz, Win98 box used as a printer server and internt gateway at the moment) and can be accessed by Outlook 97 to 2003 / XP. It just has to provide shared access to a mailbox at the moment, although the option of multiple e-mail addresses later on would be a plus.Hit me. Please.

Answer:Mail Server Recommendations

Hmm, a 600mhz, Win98 box used as a printer server and internt gateway at the momentlol, now we have a problem.The only mail server I would suggest is Merak, or something. Qmail isnt bad either. These may not run very well on win 98.Win 98 as an internet gateway is a bit poor, personally, either upgrade to Windows server 2003 SMB edition, which is £155 for OEM version I think, for 5 clients.Thats oneway, or get Linux. Linux will be mroe secure / faster / reliable and will do everything your w98 box does. :-) Plus it can do mail server too, becuse you have postfix, and I'm sure you could find some way of making it work with MS outlook with server data access.However, please be warned that Linux can be complex to set-up - but it would be best if you could get someone in who knows about linux. :-)

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My firm has a number of PC's running Winfax 9 software to print faxes direct from any application (under Win98se). After various tribulations involving putting a correct line in Win.ini (believe me!) this works just fine and is an excellent solution.

It's expensive on individual phome lines, however, so we wanted a networked fax solution with just one PC acting as a fax server. The network is Novell 6.5 IP only. We were advised to use RelayFax, and installed it on a brand-new Win XP pro server PC. There are problems....well basically it doesn't work!

First we found we have to add Microsoft client for networking as well as the Novell client on each PC, before we could even see the fax server. Having sorted that, the faxing works but extremely erratically. Sometimes fax pages are not sent, sometimes a cover page several times and no furthe pages, oh, you name it.

Are we douing anything wrong, or do we just junk it and get something else?

Any recommendations welcome, but please only if you know it works in our specific environment - Win98 clients, IP protocol, Novell 6.5 server.

Answer:Fax server software recommendations

I think you may find Tobit FaxWare a good contender:
FaxWare 7, Complete Fax Server incl. 5 users, 1 Port (ELD) 475,00 / 551,00
incl. 25 users 975,00 / 1.131,00
incl. 50 users 1.975,00 / 2.291,00
(Prices in Euro, Nett / Gross)

Lots of UK reps all over the place:

Lots more to wade through, if you feel so inclined:

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I’m looking at installing a new server, and want some hardware suggestions. The details of what I’m going to be using the server for are below. I want to build this sever, so if you would please post what you would recommend for either specific hardware, or a general hardware setup, I’d appreciate it. I realize that using one server for all of this might not be the ideal solution, but budget and space limitations in my rack only allow for the addition of one box.

•Server will be running MS Server 2003 (I want about 30 – 40 gigs available for the operating system drive or partition)
•Active Directory will need to be handling approximately 50 users
•Will be running SUS to push out updates
•Run the management client for Norton Antivirus
•Use a separate drive for storage of desktop backups (each backup is approximately 2 gigs –40 backups take place)
•Run our desktop inventory software (Syslist). This is not a very taxing application
•Run raid level one for server backup

Some areas that I’m most curious about are:

•Do you recommend going dual processor for this setup? What brand motherboards have you had good experiences with? What should I stay away from?
•What do you recommend going for as far as a processor is concerned? Our current box uses dual Opteron 64-bit processors—do I need to go this beefy? What are some pros and cons of AMD vs Intel offerings?
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Answer:New Server Setup --- Recommendations Please!

If this is for a business, not a home situation.. I do recommend buying a HP Proliant or the like so that you can have the 4 hour responce time. If any of the hardware dies, it is nice to have the part in hand that quickly.

True it costs more, but if uptime matters, that is the way to do it.

Otherwise, just be sure to buy quality parts.... But even Supermicro or Tyan support is terrible in comparison to HP server or IBM server support.


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Hi kats.

I thought I'd asked this once before, but I'll be darned if I can find it in a search of my own posts.

I have a client who wants to set up an internal e-mail server, i.e. just one mailbox on a file-serving machine, connected to a bunch of baby outlooks across the network, allowing all users to see one "pool" of incoming messages, and then pull them off onto their individual machines, so that they disappear from said server.

I know that I'm describing exactly the job of Exchange, but this is a small organization, and Exchange costs a wad, and the only server capacity needed is that of this two-tier mailbox. Are there other alternatives out there? Ideally, the thing I'm looking for would be simple enough for a (relatively) sharp db programmer (yours truly) to figure out, configure, and run, without too much hassle, but with enough power to go (and go gooooooooood) on a Win 2k network.

Your input is always appreciated.

Answer:Email server recommendations

how about something like Pegasus' mercury mail transport system
<i>Mercury Mail Transport System: Mercury is a free, standards-based mail server solution, providing comprehensive, fast server support for all major Internet e-mail protocols. It is supplied in two versions, one hosted on Windows systems, the other running as a set of NLMs on Novell NetWare file servers.</i>

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I'm running a Windows XP p2p network and am using an old PII 500Mhz computer with about 128MB of older SDRAM and a 120 gig PATA 7200 RPM drive as a pseudo-file-server. I say pseudo because it's still a peer, but I don't use it other than as extra storage for the other computer. Anyways, I'm using it to store large binary files which I access often, MP3's movies and such. Now my network is only 100Mbps Ethernet which is probably the bottleneck. But even pulling smaller files around 30KB are taking at least 30 seconds to load up. I'm upgrading my one system and I'll have a P4 2.4Ghz with a 500GB SATA drive and 1 GIG of DDR400 (3200) RAM to use for a new file server. Do you think this will remedy the problem of a 30 second delay? Or am I just crapping up a wall because I'll still have the bottle neck of the 100Mbps Ethernet?

Also, I've ordered SUSE Linux 10.2 to use for one of my computers. I'll be breaking my Linux cherry with this install. Should I use it for the server or for the main computer that I work off of? I really do want to learn as much about Linux as possible with this OS. I also have a version of FreeBSD which I was thinking about using for the server, but I have no idea if it would even be compatible with the hardware I'm going to have. My other choices that I have are using Windows NT 4 which I know for sure would not support the hardware without some major driver digging and chopping up the harddrive in... Read more

Answer:File Server hw & sw recommendations please

For me, a file copy from a P2-233 128MB RAM is limited only by the network speed (10Mbit ethernet (I'm not in a hurry )). A 30K file gets here (over wireless) pretty much instantaneously. My server is not Windows though.

So your problem with Windows either on the server or the client most likely.
How exactly are you accessing the files on the server? Do you have a network drive mapped?

Reinstalling Windows from scratch on a more powerful machine may fix your problems of course

SuSE will not install on the 500MHz - too little RAM for the installer. BSD should run just fine.

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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.


Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.

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I need a cost effective printing solution. I have an old router that I am using as a print server. The only problem is that newer printers don't have the parallel interface (they are USB). I would like to get a printer that I can refill like the Canon IP3000, IP4000, etc. These seem to be my four options:

1. Get a new USB print server and printer
2. Find a printer that has a parallel jack. (Only one I have found is the IP4000 which is pretty expensive).
3. Get a network capable printer and eliminate the print server.
4. Get some kind of parallel to usb adapter that I can use on my current print server (Is there even such a device?)

Which solution costs the least (also in terms of refill ink costs)?
What equipment do you recommend I buy?


Answer:Need printer/print server recommendations

If you're on Windows, share the printer to other computers on the network. Free and simple. Only caveat is that the computer the printer is hooked up too has to be on when you want to print.

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No mail server client came with W7, that i can find, any recommendations? Thx Dorothy

Answer:No mail server client any recommendations?

Microsoft wants you to use Live Mail. I use Outlook, but Thunderbird and possibly others are options.

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I need to set up a server to take the place of what is now a workstation doing double duty. Down time at this location is not an option.

I plan on a single workstation-type computer with redundant hard disks and an automated backup system that images the hard disk every couple of days as well as backs up the mission-critical data every two hours to an external device. This will be the primary.

Next to that computer will be another computer built with the exact hardware as the first. It will not be connected to anything. It will not even be plugged in. It will be there in case of a serious hardware failure on the primary system. In the event of a failure on the primary, the hard drives in the primary will be physically moved to the secondary.

Cost is one of the least factors.

Does anyone see holes in this idea? Is there a better way?

Answer:Need recommendations for server setup with redundancy.

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Hi all,
I plan on getting an xbox solely for XBMC and want to build a file server that would hold all media to stream to the xbox. My question is, do i need a powerfull PC in order to stream ~4gb movies, 720p videos and the likes? Powerfull videocard needed or can on onboad VC work fine?

Thanks in advanced

Answer:Media Storage server recommendations

If you are using XBMC + PC fileserver, then you don't need a powerful CPU or video card. The PC is not decoding video at all, just moving bits from hard disk to network.

One thing you might want to think about, classic xbox with XBMC does not have enough horsepower to play 720p/1080i content AFAIK

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Any one know what a good one is that is USB?

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I have a good customer who runs a very small (3 person) office and reads up on all of the latest tech trends and wants to move his data from his 2003 server to "the cloud".

He's got around 50GB of data last I knew, most of which (around 30GB) is family pics that he keeps on his office server for whatever reason. The rest of it is MS Office docs & spreadsheets and a ton of PDF scans.

He's out of space on the old Dell 2003 server and dislikes it's slow speed. Their previous IT company sold them the server and did Windows software RAID (yuck). My suggestion was a new low-end server with a real RAID if he wants the speed over what he has. I told him another solution would be to just add new drives and RAID controller to the server he has, it's running fine.

I explained to him that opening his files across "the cloud" will not be any faster (likely slower) than his current slow server. New local server is the way to go. He won't have it though..... he wants "the cloud".

No changes required on their current hosted e-mail.

He's looking at Rackspace and "1 & 1" for the hosted server (both $$$).

Anybody have any experience with those two (or other) vendors?

Any other suggestions?

Answer:Cloud (hosted server) recommendations?

Rackspace is solid (and expensive).

Does he just use it for file hosting? How about jungledisk?

If he won't have the idea of keeping it locally, let him do it. Then charge him to migrate the data back in house when he realizes that it's a stupid idea. You make more money because you were honest and told him it's not a good idea so it's not your fault.

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I have a client with a web server running Windows 2000 Professional. They also have a server on the network running NT 4. They have been told that there is a device that will route requests to the NT server if the 2000 server is down that costs about $100. I have not heard of such an animal, and if anybody can shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. The device should somehow, I suppose, automatically detect that the machine at IP address A is not responding, and route the web request to IP address B. Anybody?

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Hi anyone in the know here able to recommend a good host based in the UK prefferably running Redhat.Must be a LAMP server,Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

Answer:Any recommendations for a good lamp server host?

The vast majority of UK (and worldwide) hosts are running Linux servers (in one form or another) with some also offering Windows or specialising in it.Try Areti click hereTop company, top service.Why is Red Hat so important ?

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A few of our people have ongoing problems with spam.
I would really just like to install spam filtering at the server level- so it never reaches their inboxes.

NOD32 is great anti-virus, now what is great anti-spam?

Answer:Spam Filter for Exchange Server (Recommendations)

Barracuda all the way. I have yet to find anything that works better on a consistent basis and I have test almost all of the major products.

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My company is using FortiClient (installed before my time here) and I HATE it. I want to give some recommendations to my boss who is the IT Director. I seem to be going towards Kaspersky but wondered what other's feel is good / great.Edit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Server Anti-Virus Protection Recommendations

What do you think your boss wants of an AV product?
And why are you going towards Kaspersky?

I'm asking because selecting an AV for a server is very different than selecting an AV for a home user.

How many servers do you have? Do you need centralized management of the AV?
Are these "real" servers, or do people also log on to them and use them as a workstation?
Are the servers mission critical?

These are some questions you should ask yourself.

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So I have friend that's wireless router recently died and needs to get something new. However, she recently bought a new laptop and wants to move away from her desktop, which is about 6yrs old, and do everything wirelessly. This was information that I was not privy to prior to having her buy a D-Link DIR-615 and now needs to upgrade.

Anyways, she uses HughesNet as her ISP (remote area) and the router will take some special configuration to work with thier NAT/DHCP based satellite modem. Anyways, am I right in assuming as long as the router has a USB interface that I should be able to hook up any USB printer to is and be able to share the printer on the network? I am currently looking at getting her a D-Link DIR-628 if the above is true (and no brand does not matter but price does, less than $100, cheaper if possible).

Answer:Wireless Router with print server recommendations....

is it an all-in-one printer (scanner fax), or is it a standard printer? I'm sure there's a compatibility list of approved printers. Those All in ones often don't play nice with wireless bridge's or print servers.

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I will start by saying what I have been using for desktop computers. I like the way Ghost 15 works. It lets me set the days of the week or month to back up and allows me to specify how many backups it saves and deletes the oldest backup image as it makes a new one.

If Ghost 15 would work on Windows 2003 Server, I would be well pleased.

What is there that is similar that will work on Windows 2003 Server?

And that doesn't cost a fortune?

Answer:Solved: Recommendations on automated imaging software for Win Server 2003?

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okay, the budget is about 1500 Euro.
this thing will be doing the following:

- Webserver
- Gameserver (think BF: Vietnam and the llike with 24 player max orso)

what would be the best setup for this thing?
keep in mind it has to be one pc as we're not allowed to have more than one pc running as a server on the Business ADSL we've got.

Answer:Server, what hardware?

addendum: HDD's are all accounted for so we don't need those, nor do we need floppy drives or cd-rom drivers or a monitor

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Question: server hardware

I will like to build a File/FTP/Web Server using RAID 0 or +1. What would you recommend (e.g. make):Processor:Motherboard:Memory:RAID controller:Hard Drives:NIC (how many):Do I need a video card? Do I need a CD-R writer or or a DVD/CD?Do I need a Sound card?How can I get just terminal to attach to the server or do I need a proper PC client.Help much appreciate.loco

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Question: Server Hardware

Hi there, I've looked online but can't seem to find advice about which type of hardware you need for different servers. I guess for Exchange or SQL you'll need a number cruncher with 2 Processors and lots of Ram, but what do you need for a Fileserver and a Printserver?Any ideas?Thanks

Answer:Server Hardware

click hereclick hereclick here.

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hai guys,
i want to know one thing, is there any hardware proxy server available. ie., some thing like display card, ethernet card like that.
iam asking this because, i am using wingate proxy server, there is often problem with it.
so i want to know, whether there is any hardware proxy material so that i can buy it and use it
reply me as early as possible

Answer:hardware proxy server

There are internet appliances that are very expensive that allow you to share a connection. Just get a Cable/DSL router and a switch chained to it if you need more ports.

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Am new and have been wondering for some time how you go about replacing a single processor on a server with a faster processor. Maybe even installing additional processors and upgrading the operating system for multiple processes

Answer:Hardware installation on a server

Good question. What motherboard is it running? That way I can try to find out some info on it.

I'm wondering if all the CPUs have to be identical, or would it run with different speeds... I am leaning toward identical, but I'd like to pull the specs to be sure.

I the server is only running a single processor, period, then changing it out would be just like changing a cpu on a PC.

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I have to PC's of similar spec, and I can't decide which one is better to run game servers on like COD, COD4, UT2004 ect and a teamspeak server. Both run windows XP Pro
(This is only for a LAN btw)
First one is an old HP ProLiant Server ML 310 G1
It has a 2.80Ghz CPU
2gb RAM PC2100R
2 WD800 setup in RAID 0 (supposedly 7200 rpm but they are old now)
Intergrated 1gb/s network card.
Only has USB 1.0 ports
IDE Raid Controller
Also put page file on another intenral system disk

Or a Dell Optiplex GX270
2.6Ghz Pentium 4 With Hyper Threading.
1.5 Gb RAM DDR PC2700
PCI 1gb/s Network Card
WD5000 Harddrive (seems to get very hot short time, case has s*** airflow but nothing i can do about that)
Has USB 2.0
Overall the Optiplex seems the faster PC, but the harddrive although new (about 8 months old) is rather loud / cranky

The Proliant is about 6-7 years old atleast, but has more RAM and slightly faster CPU but with hyper threading on the optiplex, would the slightly faster cpu make any difference or not?. However even with the RAID setup, it still seems to have the harddrive as the limiting factor and is noticable secong lag every now and then.
EDIT: Also just bought a high speed usb memory stick, so was thinking i could use a program like eboostr to act as vista ready boost?

Also was thinking of switching the fast ram to the ProLiant server, would this help at all? currently it has ECC Ram, can you mix the too or not?
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I'm taking a college course in networking basics. I have an assignment that requires me to spec out a server for a small business network that supports less than 30 users. I have found sites where I can pick and choose servers and server hardware upgrades, but I don't know what is overkill or underkill.

Can anyone refer me to a site that offers guidelines to help me with my research?

Many thanks,

Answer:Server hardware specifications

Don't really know the exact info you need but try these links

Computer Bits

PC Mechanic

Practically Networked

World of Windows Networking
hope they offer some advice

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I am looking to run SQL Server 2000 and Exchange 2003 on a Windows 2003 server and I need to buy a new server. I have approximately 75 users who will use Exchange and about 5-10 users who will use SQL. I was going to buy a server with dual Xeon processors, 2GB RAM & RAID 5.
I was told that I should not use RAID 5 and that I should use RAID 1.

My question is, why not RAID 5? I checked online and found that RAID 5 is recommeded for email and database servers, so why would I be told not to use RAID 5 and to use RAID 1?


Answer:Server Hardware Requirements?

raid 5 uses multiple drives and it is hot swappable. If 1 drive dies, you can put a new one in and it will rebuild itself. it is fault tolerant. Raid 1 is mirroring. whatever data you have it, is copied to both drives, it is fault tolerant. Generally speaking, you get a lot better performance with raid 5. You could use raid 15 if you wanted, it is a where you mirror your raid 5. i personally would just use raid 5, depending how many disks you get

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We're starting to plan a server migration. Mgmt wants us to follow procedures similar to a recovery process, which means they want us to restore a backup. We backup our servers a couple different ways. One is to a online hosted service and another is to tape using Symantec Backup Exec. The catch to this is that we're buying different hardware for the new server. Backup Exec has IDR to cover this; see link below. I wanted to ask if anyone has been through a similar process and if they would share the experience.

Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Restore | Symantec Connect

Answer:Migrate Server to New Hardware

Have you resolved this issue yet?
I would be happy to give you some more info on a VPS solution if you're considering that avenue.

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Hey Guys and Gals:
I have a Compaq Prolaint ML370 server that does not want to turn on.
Seriously: YES! The power cable is connected and yes I press the Button!
The Leds on the mother board and Raid card are on but when I press the power button nothing goes on not even the main fan on the tower.
The interesting thing is that the power leds on the power connectors are off, but the server seems to be getting power.
Another crazy thing is that there are three small leds lights in the middle of the motherboard and when they go on everything seems to start going, but then they just turn off and the system does not turn on.
It seems like the system is not holding on to the power charge.
I have checked all the cabling and everything seems to be on least I thing they are...
If anyone can help, I would be very grateful...thanks a million!
The one and only grateful one......TASKWON....."smiling always fixes everything!"

Answer:Server hardware problem

Try a different power supply. How old is this server?

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Hi i want to make a server the min requirements is SQL server Standard or Enterprise

RAM 1GB - 2GB, But in most cases 4GB + 30MB for Reporting Services + Analysis Services, 50-60MB for SQL Management Studio & it’s recommended each user connection takes 24KB

CPU 64Bit Proc Intel Xeon 3.4GHz

HDD Internal for the Min of 500GB

We will need Fibre connection to external storage array, Fibre cards in servers for connection to storage array, UPS & a Rack & the server should be cheap & upgradeable in future.

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I'm planning to build a new data server for my small business. Very small businesss. I don't need enterprise capabilities since we only have 5 client PCs in the network. I have a good idea of what I want in the system... except for the video card. The server won't be used as a workstation at all, so I don't need all of the features that are loaded on video cards that are found in every tech shop. I just want something simple. Can anyone recommend a brand and model?

Also, the following is a list of what I plan to put into the server. If anyone sees any mistakes that I might be making, please steer me in the right direction.

Abit KX7-333 mother board
Athlon XP 1900 CPU
Antec SX635 Mid Tower
350W Power Supply
512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Standard Floppy
CD Writer (brand not yet determined)
3COM 56K Modem
Net Gear NIC
2 UDMA 133 7200 RPM 60 GB HDD
(maybe raid, but I'm not knowledgeable on the set up)
15-inch Monitor
Standard keyboard & mouse
NT 4.0 OS with SP6

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

Try going here and look for the cheapest PCI card you can find ( just make sure that it has drivers for NT ), also I would upgrade NT to SP 6a...

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I'm in need of some suggestions on what type of PC (hardware requirements) would be good to run versions of Windows Server. The PC would not be used for business purposes, purely for learning. All I need is for the PC to run Windows Server and run it without being too slow ie, I want an old PC to run Windows Server not a new one but I dont know what would be sufficient.

So if anyone can provide some suggestions, such as a PIII 700mhz, 256MB RAM etc it would be great.

Thank you.


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Hope this is the 'best' forum to post this query in, heres a little backstory and our thoughts so far:

Some friends and I are going to rent 1u in a data center for all our geeky needs; our 'needs' to start with are a bunch of websites (and databases), a VoIP server and a few dedicated game servers. We'll be running some form of *nix if that matters (seen some anti *nix specs regarding RAID?)

I was shocked how expensive 1u chassis can be, is there a big premium on this or should we look at renting 2u to save here? On the 1u front we don't need hotswap bays or a slim optical or anything flash, some decisions will be based on MB/CPU - more on that later.

Our 'dream' was to go straight to dual processor but it looks like we will have to be abit more economical; Im under the impression you can get a dual socket MB and run with 1 cpu, hopefully we could/would upgrade down the line if neccessary; we were looking at going Xeon not sure whats the best cache etc for our needs, what chipsets are good. Can you rely on built in raid (that isnt anti *nix)?

Storage isn't really an issue, we'll be using gigs rather than terabytes of data however we'd like to have 2+ harddrives for some form of RAID (important stuff will be backed up offsite). SATA will be fine I think, we won't be taxing the HDDs much.

We also dreamed of having alot of memory, which we can also add to later - does anyone have any advice on how memory... Read more

Answer:Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

What is your budget for this project? You may find it is more cost effective to buy a "gently used" 1U server off ebay rather than building your own.

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I am looking to buy a server for my home and i dont really know what hardware i really need to do this.

Here is what i want to do.

I want a central location to store all of my files. I am a photographer and i end up with about 750GB - 1TB per year of data
I really only need the last 2 years of data available to share. the rest i would archive.

From this central location i want to be able access these files from any one of 3 machines - all running XP. I want all of my application to reside on these 3 machines such that the server is really just a storage device. I would like the server to act as a print server also, so i dont have to install printer software on each machine as i have now.

I have no interest in accessing any of these files outside of my little home network. I do not want this to be a web server either.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Answer:home server hardware requirements

You may want to consider a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Buffalo's TeraStation would hold 1.5 Terabytes on a RAID 5 drive set for less cash than most servers. NAS is designed to do exactly what you want, just provide a file share for networked computers.

You can also attach external USB drives directly to it for backing up if you want to. It looks like it also supports a printer connection. You will have to install the printer software to each computer. This is always the case, just most servers will auto install it for you when you connect to the share.

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I am waist deep in home automation...trek homes you know. So I've of course ripped all my CD's for multi-zone multi-amp multi-soundcard music.

Now the final entertainment piece would be to rip all my DVDs for two reasons: 1 to protect my original DVDs from getting scratched (kids) and 2 so with the touch of a finger on my wi-fi touchpad I can load a movie sit back and relax.

I do not want to go the mult-Dvd disc changer. As with the multi-CD changers I see this as a dinasoaur.

With that Said:

Hardware: What would be the best quality video card for movie playing, HDTV etc. Estimated minimum Drive Requirements? 250GIG?

Server Config: Dell Dual drive raid server. 1 gig of ram. AMD chip? Harddrive sizes? Will of course take server recomendations from this wealth of knowledge.

Recomendations on Projectors?

Answer:Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server


As far as the "server" specs go, since you are apparently going to buy a Pre-Manufactured unit, eg, Dell, and obviously you don't want to limit your pleasure by anything as trivial as MONEY....Just buy the biggest most badass unit they offer.

And if it is specified as Multi-media, it "should" lean in the direction you want. As for the HD capacity...since you are talking about ARCHIVING all of you CD's and DVD's to Hard Disk, 250GB should be sufficient...for your FIRST hard drive !!! Go on from there.

As for a friend of mine always says, "You never have to make excuses for buying the best." Pick up a magazine and check out the reviews.

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I'm kind of at a loss. This server as been running ok now for 6 months but after moving it I am having all sorts of problems.

Looking for pointers on how to troubleshoot and/or narrow down the source of the error.

Answer:Win Server 2008 R2 BSOD's -- bad hardware?

Hi. I just read the posting instructions so here is some more information:

? OS - Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Same
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Retail
? Age of system (hardware) - 15 months
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 15 months

? CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
? Video Card ATI Radeon HD 4250 (on board)
? MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3
? Power Supply - Strider 1000W

? System Manufacturer - Home Built
? Exact model number

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I have the opportunity to buy some hardware but I'm having a tough time finding out what the specs are of the equipment. I'm not real familiar with blade equipment so I might end up passing on this hardware, I'm looking at this hardware for office use but since there is so much I will probably resell some of it unless I get a major influx of business.

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.

The stats list that each of these have 2 Opteron 2.4 Ghz CPU's and 8000 series MOBO chipset, so it seems like these are pretty new CPU's? Can anyone help identify possible CPU's from this info?

Also, it says that the RAM available is 4x4GB 333MHz, 400Mhz speed, what does that mean? Which speed is that, I've seen other servers list that as well- My IBM has the same PC2-3200 4GB sticks that say 333Mhz on them but all info pn the net say 400Mhz. Any ideas?

This stuff is at an auction house and the only info available is the following:
3 Gigabit LAN adapters
2 AMD Opteron 2.4 GHz Number of Installed Processors 2
16gb installed - 4x4 GB DDR SDRAM - RAM Speed 333 MHz, 400 MHz Number of Memory Slots 8 x DIMMs
Motherboard Chipset AMD Opteron 8000
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Answer:Help identifying HP blade server hardware

tankman1989 said:

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.Click to expand...

Blades have proprietary ports. So unless you're hellbent on hacking something together, your answer is "no".

Honestly, I'd say skip this purchase. The extra cost to get this stuff working might exceed your budget. It's better to get something new, or at least has a warranty and SLA.

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I have a some lab software that we are setting up to run on a server, with the users running clients. Prior to that each user had the software on their personal PC or laptop.

Since setting up the server, the software is running much slower than previously. The computer acting as the server is a typical Dell P4 3.4 Ghz, 2GB ram, and a 250 GB hard drive.

What upgrades are necessary to run more efficiently? The software is used by about a dozen clients.

Additionally, how could I tell if the bottleneck is more of an internet issue or a hard drive speed (file transfer) issue?



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Hi all,

We have system for our work that uses a web/application server and a database server. Around 150 people use this application and the data stored are usually text, ms office documents, pdf files and images. Suppose that about 50 people are using the system at any given time, what do you think will need better hardware specs, the database server or the web/application server?

Could you give any recommendations for the hardware specs? Like cpu, ram? A friend of mine suggested that it would be good to use the nVidia Tesla GPU for parallel processing. Is this a good idea or is this going a bit overboard?


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I'm looking for any hardware recommendation for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Can be pre-build (Dell/HP) or something DYI. It will be development system with three databases (1st - 20 tables and 2nd - 50 tables and 3rd - 2 tables) and around 3000 new records each day overall.

Thanks for any suggestion.

Answer:Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

First of all, I would not go with a custom-built machine. If you're doing any production work, having a top-tier vendor with an on-site SLA and direct access to the exact identical parts throughout the warranty period is very important.

Few thoughts come to mind:
1. Will users be remoting into machine to use it, or interfacing with the data through a web/client application?
2. Is the database part of a vendor product? If so, what product? If this is part of a custom/homemade solution, what can you tell us about it?
3. What kinds of data will this be returning? Any embedded types, such as blobs? Any idea on column and row counts, both for the pool of data and some potential resultsets?
4. What is the network and infrastructure like going from user to database and back again?

5. What is your budget? Do you have any existing business discounts with top-tier vendors?
6. What is your uptime and availability requirement?
7. Anyone familiar at your site with backup/rollback procedures of databases and transactions in SQL Server? If so, have you decided how to roll this in with existing backup procedures of your other data?

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Hello, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some Hardware Specs and/or prebuilt model #'s (ex. Dell, HP) for a new work server. It will be supporting 20 users, 26 PC's, and 6 printers. I will be using the Windows Server 2K3 OS and it will be used in the following roles:

DNS Server
Primary Domain Controller (Active Directory)
Application Server (minimal)
File Server (currently converting all paper customer files to electronic)
WSUS Server
Printers will be networked through it

I would like to put the OS on a RAID 1 array, and Data/Files on a 500 Gb to 1 Tb RAID 5 or 10 (suggestions?) array. Also, I would appreciate suggestions on favorite backup software suites.


Answer:Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

You'd be well served (no pun intended) by any entry level server. I was running AD on dual P3 1ghzs for 100 people and it sailed along.

What's the budget?

I'm partial to dell 2950s - they're solid servers.

HP makes a nice server in the 380-385s are nice too.

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Hi all
It's very difficult to get really good advice on this but I'm now trying to build the "Ultimate" HOME server machine.

Note the machine will be essentially used as a HOME (not a commercial / work) server so it doesn't need all the fancy gaming state of the art graphics cards etc.

What it DOES need is enough RAM and horsepower to run 4 Virtual servers, whilst also file and print sharing to a number of "remote" (actually a LAN) workstations.

A "Blade" type server would be OK in a commercial environment but my server needs to be a bit like a conventional workstation.

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Most of the stuff I've looked at seems to be more geared to high performance gaming or running NASA's next Mars mission.

A SERVER doesn't need hideously expensive gear - but it does need the capability to have loads of memory and disk drives to be connected to it.

Any IT admins out there who use this type of stuff at work -- recommendations.

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's pro... Read more

Answer:Hardware for a good W7 HOME Server

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's probably like asking for the moon.

Jeez...I run a handful of ESXi servers at work and I usually put 24GB of RAM in those to run 10-12 concurrent Linux and Windows servers and that usually doesn't max out the RAM. So, I would have to imagine that 16GB of RAM is going to be more than enough for home use and 4 VM's.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

Quite a number of new mobo's support 16GB of will just have to be a 4 x 4GB setup. Quad core CPU's are a dime a dozen. The I/O subsystem to allow that many drives will likely just involve adding on 1 additional controller card. And just about any modern video card can easily handle dual monitor support.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Quite a number of mobos have 2 NIC's...You will... Read more

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Does there exist some kind of hardware solution to proxy sever for home use? Where I live many of the online proxy server services are blocked and I'm a computer lay person. I need a solution which is very simple and effective (I think a hardware solution is both simple and effective). Could you please help me with it? Thanks.

Answer:hardware solution to proxy server

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Well my boss has decided to go crazy and has tasked me with trying to buy server hardware for a new Citrix farm he wants to implement.

The problem is the talks I have had with Citrix people I can't get ANY kind of help as far as number of users per server CPU, RAM requirements and things of that nature, this is making it difficult to tell my boss the hardware we should get.

I already know we want Raid 5 and a fair amount of storage (as citrix has to have the applications images loaded onto the server correct?), will multi processor help the number of users that can connect?

With this in mind and knowing we only use standard applications I.E. windows XP pro, Office 2003, and fery few other applications does anyone have a clue what type of servers I should be looking at? I.E. RAM requirements and CPU speed.

Is CPU speed directly proportional to the number of users who can connect to any given server? I know we are going to have some kind of load balencing solution for failover but I wanted to get some ideas on what to prep for.

Answer:Server Hardware for Citrix farm?

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I am debating on Windows Home Server, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7.

I am building a another pc pretty much for a NAS and a tivo. I was thinking about getting WHS just to get used to servers and the remote access, but it only supports up to 3gigs. I was thinking about just getting Vista and sharing the 2 terabyte harddrives so I can get 4/8gigs of ram.

Also I was wondering what I would really need to run this.? I dunno what type of graphics card I would need to have a NICE 1080p display off my tv. I will give the specs I was thinking about buying. This will be hooked up to my Samsung 32" 1080p tv with a cheap wireless mouse and keyboard.

ASRock N68PV-GS AM2+ $50
AMD Kuma X2 7750 Black Edition $60
Radeon HD 4830 $90
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 $58.99
Samsung IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner $24
Cooler Master 460W $35
Antec Three Hundred $60
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $198

The only problem I have with the build is the motherboard only has four sata ports...

Answer:Server/HTPC OS/hardware question

WHS is what you want then. You don't need to worry about memory requirements, as it would run just fine with even 1 GB of memory. WHS will work as a NAS, and stream your music and files to your Xbox as well.

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Hello there folks,

i recently bought myself a little server. Now i want to test it for high availability and endurance. What tool can be recommended? I normally use the linux tool stress, but this only gives me evidence for short time usage.
I would also like a tool which is os independent and that tests all installed components.

Does anybody know what Dell or HP uses for stability and high availability tests?

All information is very appreciated! Even if the solution is non-free!

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Hi all,
I would like to know what are the minimum server hardware specifications for the following requirements:
25 concurrent users
print server (4 network printers)
Domain controller
backup server
Can someone help me please?

Answer:Server Hardware Specifications vs Requirements

Are the 25 concurrent users just file and print users or are these Remote Desktop users?

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I of course could just build one from scratch, but this is a recommendation for a friend for his business and they have to have a vendor-bought system. Now, I realize this could turn into a whole lot of "I like Dell" and "I like HP" posts, so I'm going to clarify. I'm looking for a few good resources (websites) that review/compare pre-built Server systems. An example would be READY GO.

Answer:Where can I find some server hardware reviews?

Good question, my anwser is that there are very few sites that do this.

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I want to launch a web site containing pictures and images, and using my own server to download and distribute the images, but this is a new field for me and would appreciate any help on software and hardware reqirements, i have been looking at windows 2003 sever but its a bit expensive, what are the alternatives, thanks in anticipation

Answer:help and advice for server hardware and software

I'd suggest that you forget completely about running your own server yourself, manually, and go for a managed server with a hosting company or a plain site hosted with a good web host.You don't learn server administration overnight and keeping the hardware and software configured and working 100% of the time, coupled with having to sort out DNS resolution and an IP address of your own so that people who type in your web site address actually get it loading up in their browsers is no small task.You also have other issues to consider. Not many ISP's will allow you to serve your own site using their service, for good reaon. You will more than likely have to invest in a substantial dedicated line to serve the site and if image transfer is going to be the mainstay of your site you will probably want to consider as fast a browadband line as you can get. Connect a number of browsers to your site at once, all requesting file downloads and what seems like a fast connection suddenly isn't.I used to be involved in network and systems admin but I certainly wouldn't dream of running my own web server when I can get excellent service from any one of a number of web hosting companies for either a single web account or for a managed server to run lots of sites on. A managed server is where your web host looks after the hardware and software (they manage it) and you get to use it to host websites on. They have the headaches while you use it for your webs. It's a fine arrangement and God bless... Read more

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I am looking for a solution where I can plug a USB device into it, configure it with an IP, then install software on a remote system and have the USB device show up as if it was plugged into that PC, then I would install the drivers for the device.

Is there such thing as this? Basically, I want to plug a USB device somewhere on the network, into a VM that is in our ESX environment, without having to physically attach it to one of the hosts then force the VM to not move. I want it to be software based at the VM end, but not require a computer at the device end.

I'm finding lot of stuff on Google, so I'll continue going through, but if anyone has used something like this before, it would be great to hear of it.

Edit: This looks like it may do what I want, but not much details.

Answer:USB over IP hardware server, software client?

The siig one is terrible. I tried it with a client a while back, but had to replace it because it just wasn't reliable. I switched them to a Belkin network usb hub that has been pretty stable. The software isn't great and doesn't run as a service, so I have to leave a console session open to maintain the connection, though.

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This is more of a hardware / networking question. Here is what's going on.

Currently we have a Whatsup Gold Dell T400 server that just can't handle both WhatsUp and MSSQL. We are deciding to split the boxes up and get a R510 (Or T610, depends on the price our rep can get for us) for the SQL server and keep WhatsUp on the T400. The hardware requirements will be very much satisfied (1xQuad core, 8 gig ram, 300 gig 15k SAS drives, 64 bit Win2k8, dual GigE NICs) with the new server but I've never worked with SQL server that was as utilized as this one so here is my question:

What type of network congestion will this create being there will be a lot of traffic going between these two boxes? Since both boxes have GigE NICs, I'll probably be putting them on their own GigE switch since the rest of the network is 10/100 so I'm hoping that if there are any network problems they would be resolved.

I've heard of fiber channel but don't know what it is or if it would be worth the cost in this (as I would need fiber channel cards in both servers).

What is the best way to set this up? I guess I'm just looking for some insight from some SQL gurus.


Answer:MS SQL Hardware server setup questions

1 GB should be fine, i would break them off into their own VLAN if there is going to be a lot of broadcast traffic to cut down on congestion

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software... request will most likely be ignored by others considering the fact we're here to aid people with computer problems and not with homework.

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Hi everyone,

I was hoping for some hardware advice/recommendations for a SMB server build.

We currently have a server that's built on consumer hardware (Phenom II X6, 16 GB RAM, and a gaming mother board) but we've grown frustrated with frequent stability issues.

Our server is a virtual machine host running Centos 6.2 minimal, with about 8 VMs on top of it. It has 4 Hard drives in a RAID 10 configuration, and each VM uses a logical volume instead of file based images.

The guest VMs are:
Ubuntu Server with OpenLDAP
Ubuntu Server running NFS (including NFS home folders for all our users)
Windows XP (1)
Windows XP (2)
Ubuntu Server with MediaWiki
Ubuntu Server with Bind 9 name server
Ubuntu Server with Cyrus IMAP server
Ubuntu server with DaviCal calendar server
... room for growth ...

Right now, the host machine kernel panics on a regular basis and the log seems to indicate an I/O related issue.

We're ready to spring for some solid, server grade hardware, but I'm not sure what to buy. I've built tons of desktops so I'm familiar with the components and how to do the building, but I do have some questions about performance and stability since both are paramount. I hoping to get about 5 years of uptime!

I found this bare-bones system and it has the features we're looking for like rack mount-ability, 8 hot-swap drive bays, plenty of room to add more RAM or a second processor, etc. But I've never heard of TYAN and I don't know if... Read more

Answer:Advice for a Server Grade Hardware Build?

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software...

Please do your own work

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I'll appreciate some ideas on how to safely migrate an existing ATA Center installation across server Hardware. The capacity of the present ATA Center Server was sized for a Pilot deployment. Now we plan to move into full blown deployment. In-place
Hardware resource upgrade is not a likely option. Additionally, the motivation is not to do a fresh install of the server, more importantly not to start learning the environment afresh.


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I'm looking to build myself a new server for my home network. The catch is I also want it to act as my router and as such a hardware firewall. I'm looking for fast/gigabit ethernet if possible. It'll need at least 4 ethernet ports (Internet In + hookups to 3 computers).

Anyone have any suggestions, both hardware and software-wise? This is just in planning stages and I want some opinions. I have a copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (32-bit, from MSDN ages ago), and if I can use that that would be excellent. However Linux is fine as well.

Answer:Hardware Firewall/Router + File Server?

djBon2112 said:

I'm looking to build myself a new server for my home network. The catch is I also want it to act as my router and as such a hardware firewall. I'm looking for fast/gigabit ethernet if possible. It'll need at least 4 ethernet ports (Internet In + hookups to 3 computers).

Anyone have any suggestions, both hardware and software-wise? This is just in planning stages and I want some opinions. I have a copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (32-bit, from MSDN ages ago), and if I can use that that would be excellent. However Linux is fine as well.Click to expand...

First, I would recommend that you have your firewall as a dedicated device for security purposes. Every service you have running on machine increases its attack surface. For a security device such as a firewall, you want that to be as small as possible.

Second, unless you have a current MSDN subscription, your license of Windows Server 2003 is no longer valid. Also, the licensing restrictions for MSDN doesn't allow you to run it in a production environment. Basically, the only people allowed to use MSDN software in any way are people who have current MSDN subscription.

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I have a WSE I use for backing up and stoaring data. I have like 10 hard drives connected to it 8 of which are running drive pool.

The Motherboard is toast, and well although it wasn't having any issues keeping up with some cameras and file storage and backups, I guess it might be time to replace it with my 4770k office PC (ex gaming rig) and upgrade that machine.

If I simply swap out the MB's are boot off the Hard drive with WSE be able to adapt to the new hardware? Can I at least recover the CD Key because I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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I am working on a network that has < 75 concurrent users that might possibly connect at the same time. I setup an extra computer with a new installation of Windows 7 Pro and installed Filezilla to run it as a FTP server.

This computer is for school use in 3 classroom labs and will have at most 75 students connecting to the FTP server. Realistically, probably 20 students will logon at the same time, with the transfers of small MS office files at different times, pictures, and other small files < 1MB.

Computer/Server specs are more or less 2Ghz Core Duo, 2GB Ram, 1 TB WD Green 5400 Drive, and OS 7200 Samsung F3 Drive. It seems like the biggest bottleneck is the network, of which I have no control over. I have the FTP files setup on the 5400 drive, not sure if a 7200 would help any if at all.

It has been running 1 day and so far so good, much better than the school provided solution that was being run by a non-reliable server. The school provided solution was on a full on server, but it was run by somebody else and was never consistently reliable with it only available about 25% of time. I do not have a raid setup, but I am going to use the built in windows backup to do a nightly backup of the windows and student files.

In summary I am doing the best I can with what I have. I am more or less wondering how much the hardware might be limiting things if at all or any recommendations to improve things without a complete rehaul. I am really unsure as to how much... Read more

Answer:File Server (FTP), is hardware sufficient for the workload?

You mention file size, but not the quantity. That said, your biggest bottle neck on the server will be the harddrive, but even then I wouldn't expect to see any issues. Now, granted, I would have used something like CentOS + vsftpd, but honestly for the work load 7 will do fine as well.

If you are looking at reliability options, then yes RAID is definitely recommended ( RAID isn't a backup solution ). But it's all a question of the needs of the business owners vs the resources they want to dedicate to it. If they are ok with the downtime between rebuilding and restoring the server in the case of catastrophic OS loss, then they can get away with cheaping out on the hardware.

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Hi all,

I'm looking into buiding a small server system (2nd computer), in order to access my files when at school, share files and maybe host a small web site. Nothing fancy or ultra-mega performant. Not much applications would run on it, the OS and maybe some software firewall. It will be my first experience in networking.

I want a quite small hardware system, since space is an issue. Probably I'll build a custom case. I already have some parts from my previous (dead) computer: 40Gb IDE Western Digital HD, Asus A7V133-C mb, 256mb PC133 Kingston RAM, original Duron heatsink/ARX fan, Radeon 7000 32Mb, LAN PCI card, L&C (ever heard of L&C??? ) 350W PSU. I'd like to run Windows 2000 on the machine.

Here's the options I've looked at for now, all with the 40Gb HD, a micro-atx PSU and maybe a CD drive:

A- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.

B- Dump the A7V133, LAN and Radeon. Use the money to help buy an A7N266-VM mobo (Micro-ATX), still with a Duron/T-bird, or an used Athlon XP + some RAM. Onboard graphics & LAN a biiiig advantage. Still, quite big, but manageable.

C- As above, but with a Mini-ITX board/CPU. Space-wise, the perfect solution for me, but a little bit more costy. Due to monetar... Read more

Answer:Hardware advices needed for a small server

Originally posted by jeece
Hi all,

IA- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.Click to expand...

This would work best imo....most of my servers are cobbled together from spare parts
Originally posted by jeece
My questions:
1-Is RAM an important issue when building a server? (remember I don't want a cutting edge machine, but not a "bare minimum requirements" one too.) Click to expand...

Yes, RAM is important, but only as important as decent speed disks/processor. you should b e fin with 256Mb

Originally posted by jeece
2-What about processor speed? (would a Duron 850 do about the same job as a 1.2Ghz?) I heard CPU cache is an important factor, server-wise, so a T-Bird would be a better idea.Click to expand...

My file server is a dual 200mhz pentium pro. my webserver is a single 200mghz pentium pro. My game servers are all dual 350Mhz pII boxes.

Originally posted by jeece
3-Since I don't want a second monitor/keyboard/mouse for the server, could I plug 'em all on a kinda splitter/switchboard, so I could control both computers from the same devices? I'd prefer this solution to the "remote PC" software, so I could access the server's BIOS on boot, for example.Click to expand..... Read more

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I have a Dell Poweredge 1750 with Intel Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's.

Does anyone know if the 2008 x64 OS can be installed on a system with Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's?

All the other stuff looks right like RAM, storage ect.

According to the MS web site it seems like it just lumps them all together. I guess the main thing is does the CPU have to be a specific 64 bit CPU or will it install on a 32 bit CPU.
Windows Server 2008 System Requirements

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows server 2008 x64 hardware requirements?

A Xeon is not a Itanium based CPU. So it falls under the catagory of the rest. It is above the 1.4GHz required for x64 you should be just fine.

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Howdy Gents,
I'm curious: Besides being able to go with a rackmount chassis, at the hardware-level, what is the big difference between a server and a really, really powerful desktop?

Answer:Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

Nothing, really. Servers have more options for power, multiple CPU's, etc...

Our office uses a high end desktop for a server. Dell & HP sell Celeron and Sempron "servers" with no operating system, etc...

If you're looking at using a desktop as a server, just get the right software, a screaming processor, jam it full of RAM, and if you're doing web hosting, get a dual NIC unless your router supports the outside connection protocols.

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The current setup I have is as follows:

* CoolerMaster Elite 330 Case
* Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G motherboard
* AMD X2 AM2 BE 2400 2.3GHZ
* 4GB Crucial pc2-6400 (2x 2gb)
* 1 Samsung 80gb SATA (Operating System)
* 1x 1TB Seagate SATA 3.0GB/s

I received my 120 day trial of WHS yesterday and plan to install it on this setup. Will I be able to find all the correct drivers needed to run it on this system? Any suggestions during install/setup of the OS? I have another Samsung 80gb to match the one I currently have. Would it be effective to run the OS on a RAID setup, while all my media is on the 1TB drive alone, not on a RAID setup?

I was also wondering if it is possible to run this Windows Server Connector on machines "outside" my own network and run weekly backups (like my mother and fathers computer's 300 miles away). If so, how do I go about doing so?

Answer:Windows Home Server: My Hardware Setup

You might find this info useful. WHS does not use raid it uses "Drive Extender"

And under normal raid setups the data drive is the one being raided not the os drive. The os can be reloaded but if the data drive dies it's lost. This however doesn't pertain to WHS - the more disks the merrier with WHS because it copies data from one drive to another for backups.

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So, I'm thinking of building a personal (file-)server. I have some ideas about what I should get, but seeing as I currently don't have money for building it, it's still in planning stage.

I'm thinking of building a RAID5 server, which runs on Linux (which distro, I do not yet know, but I'm considering later Ubuntu versions). While I say 'personal', I will still allow my family (and closest friends) access to it (maybe over LAN only, for security reasons, if this is possible).

Seeing as I have many, many large files, there is also a great need for disk space.

Therefore I am thinking of buying five hard disks (one terabyte each) for RAID5 (where one will be 'lost' for parity) and one small(ish) hard disk for the O/S to run from.

I also am thinking of running software RAID, so I am *not* going to use money on external RAID controller, unless absolutely necessary.

Requirements for hardware are:

Chassis: Must be able to house six hard drives and at least one CD/DVD rom drive. Does not need floppy. Must be able to install sufficient cooling. May or may not include PSU.

Motherboard: Integrated sound/graphics/network card. RAID5 support. DDR2 800MHz (or higher) RAM support. At least six SATA connectors. Also at least one IDE connector for CD/DVD rom drive.

CPU: Probably dual-core with decent frequency. Not sure what to say here. Obviously must be supported by mobo.

Memory: Two or four gigabytes of 800 (or highe... Read more

Answer:Taking suggestions for personal server hardware

What did you deside on?

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