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Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

Question: Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

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.

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Preferred Solution: Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

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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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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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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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Could someone please help me? I need to get a server to run NT SQL. I will have 4 workstations running Windows 98. I don't know what type of hardware to get for my server. Do I need a lot of RAM? A really fast CPU? A huge hard drive? Will my server need anything more that an ordinary beefed up computer already has? Please help me!

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT SQL server hardware recommendation?

Need to know more before that can be answered.

How much data do you plan on storing? That will determine your hard drive size.

How big are the databases programs going to be? That will help with the RAM. Of course, with and MS product, more RAM is always a good thing.

CPU speed... well, I would go with something decent. With only 4 users I doubt you'll need an 800MHz or anything. Of course, I don't know how much data you are planning to have this maching process - so even 1 user could need a really fast CPU.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
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I was recently given a older barebone rackmount server from work. It's actually never been used. I would like to play around with pfSense to see what all the fuss is about. I'm on a 25/5 FIOS connection, soon to be 42/35 in the coming weeks. I have about 16 devices connected to the network, which my WNDR3700 seems to be handling just fine.

The server doesn't come with RAM, CPU or HDD and is on the mPGA478 chipset. It does have 2x Intel 100Mbit NIC's. What would a good, low powered CPU to choose? I have a 2.8Ghz Prescott laying around, but those damn things eat too much power. Perhaps find a 2GHz Northwood? How much memory should I get, 1GB or 2GB? Also, do I really need a HDD or can I use a large flash drive? The mobo only supports IDE, and I don't have any IDE drives laying around. :c(


Answer:pfSense Specs Recommendation?

pfsense is really forgiving. When I was running pfsense it was running on a 500mhz p3, 10 gig hd, 512mb of ram, and 2 dual head 10/100 nics. Ran great.

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I would like to know what type of sd cards (specs/speed) can be used with Lumia 635 for storage expansion?

Answer:Any recommendation (specs/product) for Lumia 635 micro sd card?

Any brand for the most part (Depends on if you care about brand)
microSD, microSDHC (don't know if microSDXC will work)
Any speed/class. 2, 4, etc. Recommend minimum 4, 10 if you deal with large amounts of stuff often.
Any size, Lumia's have taken 128 GB cards.

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Hello, and sorry if the title isnt the best, I wasnt really sure how to word it I'm afraid.

Having used search for the last couple of hours, and seen many threads its clear I'm in the right place. You all have a lovely forum!

I'm looking for a solution to a rather annoying problem in our household. We have upwards of 8-10 computers/laptops in our house, and documents/media are fast becoming a nightmare!

We've decided to go along the route of purchasing/building a server to basically use as a fileserver, to centralise our documents/media and thus enable access to either user account from any one particular computer we have.

Below is what I'm looking to be able to do:

1. Fileserver (mainly comprising of centralised documents on the server itself accessable by each person individually but private from others)
2. Central backup of all crucial computers to prevent data loss (stored on the server, and done by the server on a regular basis)
3. A dedicated server firewall to place in front of the internet, before the network.
4. A web server, so I can run image copies of my own personal forum/websites and test any changes BEFORE doing them to my live site.
5. To download torrents/large files etc directly on the server. Like an automated nightly backup of my web hosting server online for example.
6. Stream full HD from the server to our media centre pc (and onto a HD TV).

I was thinking along the lines of using 3 older, seperate servers. the first bein... Read more

Answer:Advice and help regarding recommended server specs for home server use

Do you have this network in place already?

This is mine below done with Cisco Virtual Network Design Tool.
For web server I use IIS 7.

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Will my server work well with Windows Server 2003?
or should i just install Windows 2000 Server?

P4 2.4c
Intel D865PERL mobo
4x 512 Dual Channeling PC2700

Any recommendations would be great!

Answer:With my Specs, should i install Win 2003 Server or W2K Server?

nice setup, go for 2003. The min. specs it will run at are 133mhz processor and 128 megs RAM, so you'll be fine. You'll get more out of 2003 than you will 2000 anyways.

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Hello, I am a student in high-school, and I have a pending project that is a bit over my head. Here is a part about OS/Hardware Recommendation. Thanks for the help.

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Well our small business network needs to expand and we grew from 4 people to 15 people now in less then a year. currently we have a t1 line running but our old router gave out and now we want to match the t1 with good ahrdware. I was looking for cost effective but good hardware that i could connect, like the router and a wireless access point. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Need Hardware recommendation

Well, it's only a don't need a high speed router. But for a business....stability and features is something to look for.

Often with a T the router is handled by the ISP.

What features to you have at your network? Services made available to the outside? Any VPN needs? Any wireless needs? Is there a mail server onsite?

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EVGA2 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 128bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, Mini HDMI, Graphics Card 01G-P4-3650-KR amd phenom 9500 quad processor 2.2ghz 3070mb of ram direct x 11windows vista ultimate640gb hard drivegeneric pnp monitor (can wire up to my hdtv)HP pavillion media center m8330f PCDont know if you need anything else ?I am trying to play some newer games on like high settings maybe ? really dont know much about computers so help would be appreciated

Answer:New to this - Are these okay hardware specs ?

Is this the system you already have, or something you're considering buying/upgrading?First thoughts are that your CPU is fairly old now and will bottleneck your graphics card.  Your graphics card though isn't bad, it will suffice for most games at medium details.

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Question: Hardware Specs?

Hello all,

Somewhere about the time of the demise of 1998 I stopped being able to keep up with the specs of CPU's. I mean, mentally wise. It just got to be to much!

With that said, my laptop is a 2 year old HP Turion 64 X2 1.80GHZ with 2GB ram running Windows 7.

I am wanting to know if that is more then the minimum specs to run Modern Warfare 2.

The specs for it are as follows:

# Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor or better supported
# Memory: 1 GB RAM
# Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT or better or ATI Radeon 1600XT or better

Now I know if it will it's not going to be great but MW1 ran fine on it.


Answer:Hardware Specs?

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I have an Everex IMPACT GC3500.

Basically: it sucks.
After all the trouble I've gone through to get it running right (tried with both vista and then xp)... I still get bluescreen. And still have other problems. And everex won't help since I've voided the warranty.

So what I've decided to do is replace every single piece of hardware in the computer. Basically, to build my own PC from scratch.. (some'a you might say it's a waste to even buy the everex if I'm gonna do that.... but this wasn't my plan from the beginning.. it just happened this way.. :/ ).

But yeah, from the website, I got:

Display: 17" CRT (1280 x 1024)
Processor: 1.5GHz, VIA C7-D Processor (128KB L2 Cache, 1.5GHz, 400MHz)
Memory: 512MB DDRII 533MHz SDRAM (2 DIMM Slots, 2GB Maximum capacity)
Hard Disk Drive: 80GB SATA (7200rpm)
Optical Drive: DVD-ROM/DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
Graphics: VIA Chrome9™ HC IGP (64MB shared memory, 128MB Maxumum shared memory)
Audio: VIA VT1708A Vinyl High-Definition Audio Codec (Analog: 24-Bits Max Resolution, 192kHz Max Sampling; Digital: 24-BIts Max Resolution, 96kHz Max Sampling)
I/O Ports: (1) DB 15-Pin VGA Port, (6) USB, (2) Microphone Port, (1) Headphone Port, (1) Serial Port, (1) Parallel Port
Modem: (1) 56K data/fax modem
LAN: (1) 10/100 Base-T Fast Ethernet
Card Reader: 8-in-1 Card Reader (CF Type I/II, MicroDrive, SD, MMC, SM, MS, MS-Pro)
Accessories: Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers Included
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Answer:need help getting hardware specs

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Question: Hardware specs

The specs for hard drives drives indicates the 1TB drive and then also "[11]".  What is this referring to?

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Question: hardware specs


i need to purchase computers for a software development. no problem with money, as long as its reasonable. i already have my servers, what i need are workstations. please help me with the hardware specifications (and suggested brands) for each components. so far, what i need is at least:

2 Ghz processor


Answer:hardware specs

for a work station i would go

AMD 3200+(cheap) AMD X2 4200+(dual core=better productivity)
400w OCZ or Antec power supply
1gb pc3200 value RAM corsair, crucial, and kingston are best
video card-Nvidia 6200, unless gaming go with 6800GS
sound card: onboard
Case:Anything with room for expansion and good reviews.
mobo:ASUS or DFI socket 939 with PCI-E and 4 slots for RAM, SATA support
200gb minimum hdd seagate, western digital, and samsung are good
NEC, liteon, or SONY dvd/rw drive
monitor:17"viewsonic/samsung/dell are good whith monitors

If you are buying from a big name company i would go with HP the video card isn't necessary if it is only for buisness work that doens't require graphics intense programs.

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Question: Hardware Specs

Hi Guys,

I'm looking at getting a new PC but I'm on a bit of a budget, I've done some research into the components etc and this is what I'm looking at getting...can you see anything glaringly obvious wrong with it anything that could bottleneck etc!

AMD Bulldozer FX Hexa Core 3.3GHz Processor
8GB Patriot DDR3 1333MHz Memory
60GB OCZ Solid State Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti Graphics

Any idea if I would have trouble running newer games on higher end graphics...

Answer:Hardware Specs

Your build looks good, just make sure you have an adequate quality PSU the GPU manufacturer's site will give you the minimum requirements. Low end PSU's will give you less than 80% of their rated power. So if it's a 500w it will deliver less than 400w under most operating conditions.

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I'm looking for a hardware firewall solution that allows me to access the server remotely, allow VPN access (via Windows Server SMB VPN), allows Outlook Web Access, all while allowing me to selectively block specific IP addresses or ranges from ever reaching my server. All while being fairly user friendly.

Got any brands or models you recommend and work with that will allow this?

There have been multiple attemps to get into my windows server from somethin other than traditional methods that makes me think security hole. The thing is that the server is up to date on all patches and only has the ports open for the aforementioned programs. Nevertheless it has disrupted the server enough to cause me a headache so I'd rather just ban that damn IP range that keeps trying as it's been similar addresses from europe that's been doing the same attack over and over for the last week.

Answer:Hardware firewall recommendation

The Cisco PIX boxes are nice, but they are not user friendly. I think the SonicWall TZ150 or TZ170 fits what you are looking for. If you are not opposed to "roll your own" open source solutions, m0n0wall is maybe even more powerful than the SonicWall boxes and much less expensive.

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I was curious if anyone could recommend some resources / references for the "deeper" workings of computer hardware. I do desktop support for approx 150 employees and I would like to expand my knowledge to be as effective as possible here at work.

Anything you can recommend is greatly appreciated.

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hello all,
can't figure out how this happaned but when i right click my computer to see the hardware specs under the general tab, i'm not seeing the cpu info that i normally see at the bottom

anyone know how i can turn this back on ?

Edit: thinking about it, i remember disabling something in "services" but i cannot for the life of me remember what it was... anyone ?
Edit2: found out what it was, WMI service

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Well it seems that the specs for Vista will be god like to run it effictively according to M$ reps. Here is a quote from the article "Hardware vendors are going to love the news that Windows Vista is going to need very beefy hardware to run well. At Microsoft's TechEd conference, Dan Warne finally managed to squeeze blood from a stone – or rather, answers about Longhorn's hardware requirements from Microsoft. Nigel Page is a strategist with Microsoft Australia. He told APC today that Vista would work best on a video card with more than 256MB RAM, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a S-ATA 2 hard drive."

Wow now that is some kinda requirements. Even with my system only 6 months old and above the Beta standards i wont meet the requirements. For the full story go here

Answer:Hardware Specs for Vista

man i might just stick to xp i mean all games support xp and if i upgrade my pc it will b equally fast as a pc with vista. Microsoft are idiots makes me want to change to mac os10

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At work right now my team is trying to PROVE to management that we need to run more high end hardware for most of our duties. I strickly work with Arcview 8.2 and the processing speed for rendering is way to slow for the output and jobs that get thrown our way. I develop high scale database driven maps, that output competitors for a banking firm. I will possibly be developing 3D modeling to go into these maps in the future, so I have to PROVE that the hardware specs that I need are backed up with some proof that the software will run faster and more efficient.

So I need help trying to find this proof from a website, document, etc. I have been looking all over and there is no HARD evidence.

So guys and girls, more help the better! Thanks! :rofl:

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I need to upgrade my current system to include:

2 new IDE hdds
1 DVD-RAM drive

I believe I need to purchase a new PCI IDE controller to allow me to add the above components. But, I do not know what exactly to ask for when I eventually hit up the nearby computer shop.

I also beleive I need a new power supply to accomodate the extra components i want to install. Currently my power suppy is a 320W one, and i'm positive there are no other extra outlets for me to use
My current system is as described below in my signature, with the following components left out:

1 - 40 GIG maxtor drive
1 - IOMEGA ZIP drive internal
1 - CD-ROM
1 - CD-RW

the above are all connected to the primary and secondary connectors, master and slave, so i know I have no room for any additions

I want to maintain my current setup (that means, I do not want to sub a CD-RW for the CD-ROM, etc..)
what should I buy first?? what sort of brands are good??


Answer:Hardware configuration, recommendation and explanations

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I'm looking at getting a nicely spec'd server to run several VMs on.

Looking at a 2TB disk space with 32GB of RAM on it.

My main question is if SCSI is worth going to on a VM like this. The price difference is almost double the entire cost, just by going to SCSI instead of SATA.

The apps are just propriety stuff. Nothing fancy like Exchange and BES which really needs some fast HDDs.

Answer:Server Specs for a Virtualization Server?

2TB of disk space spread across how many disks?

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Hi, this is a pretty broad question.Basically I'm just interested to know what people's opinions are on the current best hardware for a server.Required functions of the server:#) At least 7TB hard drive capacity in RAID5#) Ability to hot-swap faulty drives#) Able to serve 1080p video content to ~10 clients simultaneously#) Able to serve at least 2 clients simultaneously on LANNon-server like functions it will also need:#) Able to display 1080p video content (ideally through HDMI, otherwise VGA is fine)#) Able to play 5.1 sound directly#) Ability to record digital TV (optional if not crazy expensive)I don't have an infinite budget, so not necessarily looking for the theoretically best server ever, but I am interested in value, and don't mind paying a bit extra for something that is worth while.

Answer:Current best hardware specs for fileserver

Personally, I'd be looking at two separate machines - one as a file server, the other as a HTPC, to perform the non-server functions.  My reason for suggesting that, is that a case that can accommodate and effectively cool enough drives for the storage you want, plus room for expansion which I assume you'll also be looking for, would by no means be a media chassis, and probably not very quiet.  Additionally, the OS plays a large role.  I would go for Windows 7 for its media centre capabilites - the media centre is truly excellent.  However, to use it as a file server, it might not be the best choice and you may be better served (pun intended) by going for, say, Windows Home Server.  As you mentioned, it's a broad question, so it's a broad answer.The main expense in the system would be the RAID card.  They can run very expensive, so what I would actually recommend is a used Dell PERC 5 controller.  They can go on Ebay for <?100, you'd also need two SFF-8484 cables, which "breaks" the two SAS ports into 2x4 ( SATA ports.  For a little more info on going that route, check out this thread.If you don't want to go used, I'm not sure what RAID card would be best as I'm very unsure on pricing.I would advise strongly against going with any kind of software RAID, be that on the motherboard SATA controller or on a software-based RAID card (hostRAID or similar).  Software RAID in general is ... Read more

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im am planning on getting Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for the PC. I am not sure if my PC will suffer from the heat produced by this machine that causes the computer to sloow down and lose my USB ports. I have been able to play other GTA games like GTA 3 and Vice City. Will it be possible to play GTA SA with heating up

Answer:Dell 600M Hardware Specs

it should be able to play it, but there is one thing that will hold u back. ur video card only has 32mb of memory, and sa needs at least 64.

and if its heating up too much, get one of those things that go on the bottom of the laptop and has a few fans in it.

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Hi! I'm trying to find the hardware specs for Acer V3-331-P352.I have searched acers website and google but can't find any details about this computer. Does anyone here recognize this computer or know where I cand find any more details about the hardware specs? Thanks in advance!  

Answer:What is the hardware specs for Acer V3-331-P352?

I found the same page you found, nothing else.

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Hey all,
Just wanted to know what software you use after a fresh install of windows to view the hardware specs. I have this laptop that has a fresh format, yet no drivers installed. I'd rather not open it up to find out what drivers I'd be needing.

The laptop is a Toshiba M45, and I have the driver page, there are just a few driver options for different configurations. So I need a piece of software that can tell what the exact hardware I have.


Answer:Find hardware specs after format

Wouldn't it be faster if you go to the support page for that laptop and download the drivers from there?

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Im trying to reconfigure X after a system failure w/ *nix. I forgot to backup the xorg.conf file, which was really really stupid now that i come to think of it. x is being a ***** to install again, and now i need the hardware specs for an emachines desktop T1220.

Actually, all i need is the video card manufacturer(its onboard), and the color-depth i should use for my moniter. The manufacturer's site friggin took down product support for this comp :\

if anyone can help thanks a lot

Answer:hardware specs for emachines desktop

triavox said:

Im trying to reconfigure X after a system failure w/ *nix. I forgot to backup the xorg.conf file, which was really really stupid now that i come to think of it. x is being a ***** to install again, and now i need the hardware specs for an emachines desktop T1220.
Actually, all i need is the video card manufacturer(its onboard), and the color-depth i should use for my moniter. The manufacturer's site friggin took down product support for this comp :\
if anyone can help thanks a lotClick to expand...

Hi triavox,

Video: Intel Direct AGP 3D (810e shared)

If you download (freeware) Everest Free from you can verify this, and it will even check the SMART status of your hard drive, monitor your temperatures, and fan speeds.

-- Tom

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For the mobo and RAM stick, I just make sure they are of the same type (DDR2, etc.); and with the mobo and processor, I just make sure they are of the same socket type. Is this basically I need to check for in compatibility, or are there other issues too? Thanks!

Answer:When looking for compatiblity, which hardware specs need to match?


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Hi Guys
I need to know what kind of hardware would I need be running for a wisp core router if I am going to be pushing anywhere from 50-200meg fiber connection and how many customers I plan to have is about around 50 customers in the first year and about 2 years I hope to have 200-300 customers and I plan on using Pfsense for my OS.

Answer:Hardware Specs for Core Router?

A refurb'ed Firebox could do that, but I would recommend at least an Intel Atom unit if you're going new hardware.

Lanner makes some good boxes from my experience.

Are you planning on running packages (Snort, anti-virus, cacheing, etc), tho? Those would beef up required hardware.

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Vista strikes again...

My system information is not recognizing most of the specs. For instance, DXDIAG inserts an "n/a" under System Manufacturer, System Model, BIOS, Processor, and Display Device Manufacturer, Chip Type, and DAC Type, whereas the Windows System Information displays Manufacturer and Model, but not the Processor or Memory. I upgraded the RAM from 512 to 1GB and installed a dedicated GPU (GeForce 7300GS, 512 mem) a while back, so they're not the original stats. I don't have any issues generally running anything, however if I ever contact tech support for a specific program, they are never much help because the DXDIAG report does not contain all the information they require.

Thanks for the help!

Answer:System Recognition of Hardware Specs Problem

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Hi, We are working on an open-source game-engine and we need to find a good balance between engine features and compatibility with available hardware that it is being used widely by Linux users. Please help us by joining this cause :

Best Regards, Siavash.

Answer:Linux gaming hardware specs survey

Might be a poor representative sample here at techspot, maybe not who knows.

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I have Toshiba harman/kardon with intel cpu t3400 2.16ghz and 3072MB ram.
There was windows xp on the laptop before now i'm going to format the laptop and put a new clean windows on it.

What windows version i can put on it higher then windows xp ? Will it hold winmdws 8/8.1 ?

Answer:Can i put windows 8 on my laptop ? Hardware specs inside

Run the 8.1 Upgrade Assistant: Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Windows Help

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I have an older laptop and was wondering if it is feasible to run Windows 7 Ultimate on it?
Specs below.
Thank you.
Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.40GHz
CPU Mips = 2778.47
Memory = 1017520 kB
Display = Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
Audio = Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
Ethernet Card = Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
Built in Wireless

Answer:Windows 7 hardware specs - Requirements, reality, etc. ?????

Why don't you run the Windows7 Upgrade Advisor. That will tell you. In principle it should work. But don't expect a barnstormer.

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Our network admin is currently trying to find the hardware configuration/specs of all the servers. Between looking at the General tab of the Properties box on My Computer and msinfo32.exe, I can get all the information that I need on XP and 2K machines.

Is there a way to get this information on a Windows NT machine?

Answer:How to Find Hardware Configuration Specs on an NT Machine?

techgirl05 said:

Our network admin is currently trying to find the hardware configuration/specs of all the servers. Between looking at the General tab of the Properties box on My Computer and msinfo32.exe, I can get all the information that I need on XP and 2K machines.

Is there a way to get this information on a Windows NT machine?Click to expand...

try getting it from dxdiag.exe

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I'm going to hire someone to handle the network setup and all, but I'm need to setup a brand new office for my company (and by my, I mean I own it). I'm going to have approx. 10-15 PC's, some remote. I need the server to handle the following:

-Quickbooks for Manufacturing Database
-File storage (~4TB would be the very high end of our needs)

I'm basically looking for some recommendations so I can get an idea of cost. I have a very good budget for this but I want to make sure I don't overspend, though that's not nearly as important as going too light. Obviously this isn't going to be a huge demand on the hardware, but I don't want it to wimp out on me.

Also, I'm looking for some desktop document scanner recommendations. I'm going to have people scanning invoices, bills of lading, etc... and anything that could help to intelligently sort them would be a big plus.

Also, I'm particularly fond of Dell at this point, because I'm going to be purchasing about 20-30 PC's from them and want to leverage it in to a good discount. That said if there's something else you'd like to recommend I'm quite open to it. I REALLY appreciate any advice you guys are willing to give.

Answer:Server Recommendation

A little more input on the Quickbooks setup would be helpful, I've seen the extreme ends of Enterprise 11 lately. I've got two customer's on enterprise 11 w/ about 8 people in Quickbooks all the time, one a construction company, and the other a manufactoring/retail supply business. The file size's are 750mb and 1.5gb respectively, and while the construction company can happily run on a dell poweredge 1900 w/ 2 250gb 7200rpm drives in raid 1 while making no inpact on the server, I've had to put the other on a HP ML350 w/ 3 160gb SFF 10k drives in raid 5 just to keep up, and if I do any heavy I/O on this server they dog out in quickbooks, while I can do whatever on the other client w/ no issues.

So I guess the best question about quickbooks is how many users, the file size, and how much your transaction log (tlg file) grows during a day, my customer w/ the 1.5gb files grows about 3gb per day. Now all this might be because of some issues w/ my customers QB file, but I'd still go by it for sizing. I'll be calling intuit next week so I should be a little more in the know.

For the scanners, I'm not too sure on the software, I'm needing to look into myself, but I have 3 of the girls at the construction company running the Canon DR-2010C scanners all day, and they absolutely love them, like me though, they hate paperport.

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I Need server recommendation
min spec are:
single cpu dual core (PD, xeon, athlon x2, opteron)
min 1 gb ram
2 hdd sata
and rackmount
What do you think?
Or Tyan Vs. SUpermicro?
Max budget

Answer:Server recommendation

For $1200 bucks you could build the following and have some cash left over:

- Core 2 Quad powered box (about $275 for the processor)
- 2x500GB SATA II drives (about $200)
- a nice optical drive or two (maybe $100)
- 4GB of RAM (typically about $60-70 these days for 2x1GB; Fry's regularly sells Patriot DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings for $59.95 out the door so that's roughly $120 for 4GB)
- a kickass solid Intel motherboard (I won't recommend anything but pure Intel heavy iron for servers, ever) for roughly $200-ish or less
- a decent case with a 500w power supply for $50-100 (it's a server, not an art statement)
- soundcard and video duties could be integrated on the mobo, especially if you get a real Intel board with GMA X3000/Sigmatel or Realtek audio (since it's a server graphics and sound aren't a major priority)

That would be a monster box by most anyone's needs for server duties. You could fine tune the purchases, add more RAM if you snag a good deal on 2GB DIMMs (they're cheap if you look in the right places) and end up with 8GB, who knows. Or add more drives, etc.

There's no reason to simply buy something from an OEM when you can do it yourself typically for less and learn some cool stuff in the process.

Just my $.02...

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Hi there.

Don't always believe the Mobo specs -- I decided I needed to upgrade HDD space on one of my servers - in theory it says on the 4 Bays I could have a total of 10 TB HDD space. Anyway I've installed 2 X 4 TB and 2 X 6TB Nas 24 *7 drives -- no problem whatsoever -both running super dooper fast as RAID 0 arrays -- get REALLY fast I/O - up to around 582 MiB/s when copying between the 2 arrays. I've enough backup so RAID 0 for me is fine --does what it says on the tin --super fast I/O which is what I want. I have the OS on an SSD and 4 data drives configured as 2 X RAID 0 arrays.

The power supply could have been the weak point but there is more than enough "juice" so these days take HDD limitations with a pinch of salt.

When initialising the HDD's on Windows I did get a message "GPT error" and "Invalid partition table" but I used GPARTED from Linux to format the drives as XFS and create the RAID 0 arrays (using software mdadm --really works well)--and worked fine.

It could be Windows gets problems with large HDD's -- no problem on my server (old HP Microserver Gen 8 ProLiant -- probably obsolete now -- the later micro Gen 10 ProLiant microserver IMO isn't as good -- especially as on the older GEN 8 you can swap the CPU for a decent XEON -- the newer gen 10's have an AMD processor (quad) which is decent but it's soldered to the board so you are stuck with it).

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My CPU motherboard recently failed on me and refuse to boot. Before the failure, I had use the Windows 7 built in Windows backup to image my hdd that has the OS installed on. After I had replaced the spoil motherboard with a new one, I tried to restore the image back on the hdd. The restoration was successful but on reboot, I always get boot error and is unable to boot to desktop. Why is this so? Can someone elighten me?

Answer:Restore Windows 7 Image backup to different hardware specs

If you got a different motherboard, then the hardware is different and your Windows 7 won't work after restoring it. You will have to reinstall fresh and move your data back if you got a different motherboard.You've been helped by a 15 year old.

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I'm starting a streetwear clothing company and need to invest in a computer for designers that I hire - most of the stuff that will need to be designed are stuff that can be done in Adobe CS3/Illustrator - in particular T-shirt designs

I have absolutely no idea what is considered to be "adequate" for graphic design - I am willing to spend a little bit more to get my designer a better than average computer for design use - just not something state of the art and over the top

In terms of graphics card, RAM and processing power, what should I be aiming for? Anything else important I'm overlooking?

If there are any graphic designers out there, I'd be interested to hear what you guys consider as vital hardware specs for yourselves when you do design work - Again, I'm not going to skimp on things, but at the same time, I can't afford the best

Also, if it's not too much, I'd also like to ask what type of scanners and color printers I should be looking to buy for graphic design use - in particular, what brands have a good rep?

Thanks in advance to the kind sould that advises me!! Multiple opinions definitely welcome!!

Answer:Ideal Computer hardware specs for Graphic Design

For what you're planning on doing, the three areas you're going to want to focus on are:

Hard Drive

for 2-D graphic design, a video card is the least-crucial component. If you get into 3D rendering and maybe gaming, then you need a high-end video card.

For working with large graphic files and images, you need lots of storage space for your files (big fast hard drive), a lot of RAM to have multiple files open simulaneously (at LEAST 2gb), and a fast dual- or quad-core processor to speed up your file conversions and photoshop work.

I'd suggest stuff like this:


Hard Drive:

These are just examples, of course, and depending on things like what motherboard you have, will vary depending on your exact system.

As for printers/scanners, I've always had good experiences with Canon products, and Epson work well too.

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Question: Server Specs

Hey guys, I have a random question about setting up a multipurpose game server. It will be for hosting different types of games to eventually a small MMO mod that I am working on. I know that RAM, hard drives and CPU's are important, but are graphic cards? Would someone mind recommending some specs. Price range from 2-5k.

Answer:Server Specs


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Question: server specs

im planning to build a windows 2008 server cpu to handle these tasks

primary domain controller
active directory
file server

what would be a good spec but not to costy thanks.

Answer:server specs

From a processing performance standpoint, none of those tasks require hardly any power whatsoever. Within Active Directory, there really isn't a concept of a Primary and a Backup domain controller anymore. They are simply just domain controllers.

There is no need for more than about 2GB of RAM for the setup that you mention. The biggest area to concern yourself with is high speed hard drives and sufficient capacity. Obviously the amount of data you will store and how many employees you have have accessing it will be the determining factors.

You might even consider making the domain controller a virtual machine. This way backups and the like are super easy and you can quickly restore or snap back if something isn't planned right at the start.

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Question: server specs

I am looking to renew the server on my school network. We run 16 stations in a suite and 24 PCs n classrooms. The current system is a P111 machine. What does anyone reccommend nowadays as a medium capability server box?

Answer:server specs

This may get a better response in the Networking Forum?

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Question: Server specs?

How hardware intensive would a small AD, DNS, File server be? (75-100 users at most, logging in, using IE and Office)

Is that something you'd config up with a high end CPU? Lots of memory, etc?

Answer:Server specs?

It would really be a mid-ranger, Dont skimp on anything though, i would usually go with dual processors (you could get away with a single socket) and a fair bit of RAM (4gb at the least). If your doing roaming profiles or folder redirections then make sure you got some fast, and large hard disk arrays. Should all be possible for around £1500

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I'm in the process of building a Blackberry Pro server. I dont want a super duper server, simply because I only have less than 10 users.

I need recommendations on hardware and the license needed for Windows.

Since this BES will be installed on it's own server (not in the Exchange server) what license for Windows will I need?

Answer:Blackbery Pro Server Recommendation

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Anyone have a recommendation for the BEST Home NAS server. I'm looking for one that is the EASIEST to set up that has a minimum of 4 bays.

Additional features that would be nice are:

streams iTunes, photos, videos ect...
remote access
auto backup


Answer:need recommendation for home NAS server - 4TB

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Can someone recommend an antivirus for servers?

I am going to buy malwarebytes anti-malware business for the server and 4 workstations. And Microsoft security essentials as antivirus but I don't know what to use for the server.

Answer:Server antivirus recommendation

I know (Learn to read ) I'll use Microsoft Security Essentials

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Dear all:
Recently I purchased a LINKSYS EFSP42 2-port Print Server. Before I opened the box, I expected to finish the testing in approximately 10 to 15 minutes because most of the Linksys products I have are hassle-free setup.

However, this Print Server took me the whole day for testing. I experienced graphical texts failed to print, slow respondance, and Admin Software not able to search the print server on network and/or upgrade the firmware. I have even tried to visit Linksys's official website and downloaded the latest version of drivers and firmwares, but still no use.

Right now, I am in the market shopping for the most reliable print server for SOHO standard (means faily inexpensive but performance is good and reliable at same time). Can you share your Print Server experience with me, and perhaps give me some recommendation?

My friend has a NETGEAR PS101 and hethinks that works great. However, I searched the web and found out that it's got a problem with giving itself a static IP.

Currently we are hosting a RedHat Linux + Samba workstation as the print server, and the performance is so fantastic. However, it has some compatibility issue with Crystal Report. Switching to a Windows based workstation may help but currently the only PCs we've got are those old P2 and some old P3 with 128RAM; can such slow PC handle the print jobs well as a print server???

Thank you all =)

Answer:Best Print Server for recommendation?

The best solution is no print server at all and having printers with network support builtin..

If you set up the print serving computer with raw print queues (the pages are rendered by the client computer) then you don't need any computing power at all. You can use something as slow as a 286 in that case since all it has to do is take data from the network and send it to the printer port. Only some memory/disk space is needed for buffering/spooling.

Do you use raw print queues in your current setup? Or do the clients use a generic PS driver to send pages to the server which then renders them for the printers?

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Currently we are using RADIUS authentication for all our network devices off a Windows domain controller. I would like to move away from using a DC for RADIUS and setup a dedicated device. Everything is virtualized, so a RADIUS that runs as a VM would be great. Any recommendations?

Answer:Recommendation for RADIUS Server?

Why move off using a DC? Do you still want to use AD for credentials? Create a second server VM with NPS on it and use that.

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Hi All, I've bought the Acer Aspire M3641-X223W about 6 years (?) back. Now i want to use it for my homeserver (maybe upgrade some things). But i need the full in depth specs of the hardware. I know the general specs (4GB RAM, 640HDD, RADEON 3450, Intel Core 2 Duo E5200), but especially the in depth specs of the motherboard i couldn't find. For example the manufacturer (if this is not Acer), type / etc.  Is there one overview where all the specs are mentioned? I could not find it that easy online or on the website of Acer. Thanks!


Go to Solution.

Answer:Acer Aspire M3641-X223W - Full Hardware Specs

Not sure if the link below is your computer. It probably is an Acer motherboard, but I really don't know if Acer has their own factory or if they contract it out to someone like foxconn,etc... Note: My links are just guesses/examples and may not even be remotely accurate guesses. Edit: Even if that foxconn motherboard is similiar to your motherboard, Acer probably has it not all of the ports/headers would be accurate.

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Hi all,

I just made a purchase (maybe I should have checked here first); but it was a Dell PowerEdge 1800. I customized it to my liking, but I'm not sure if it was overkill or underkill. Please you be the judge. First let me tell you what I'm trying to accomplish with this new server. It will be my home-based web server and database server (MySQL). I will install Windows 2003 Server onto it, MySQL 4.1, PHP5, ActivePerl 5.8, IIS 6.0, and that's about it. It will become part of a existing domain, I'm not sure if I am going to dcpromo it or not, but as of now that is a "no", I will leave it as just another server on the network without any administrative duties outside of web and database. Currently I only have a combined total of 500 users a day coming to my websites. I'm host my websites currently on a single PIII box w/ Windows 2003...a Dell Optiplex (desktop ...not server). It has not given me any trouble or headaches as of yet, it's actually been doing very well, but I don't have much traffic so that might be why. In the coming months i plan to advertise aggressively as well as host a few other people websites, so I knew I needed a better system, as well I will be hosting a new website of mine which will be a online blog host for visitors to sign up and have a blog through my network, therefore I needed something reliable. My goal is to have at least 15,000 to 50,000 visitors per day by this time next year. So I would like to know if these specs wou... Read more

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First im going to give the run down of the entire network setup.

Ok so the network i'm on runs through a proxy server for web filtering. Blocking porn, torrenting and such. The internet from the isp comes in via WiMax and from the receiver it goes into the computer hosting the proxy sever. The internet after the proxy sever goes into a switch that connects about 30 devices via LAN connection and one amplifier that supplies WLAN connection to about 50+ devices. The proxy software used is IPfire. its an open source program available for free download.

The computer hosting the proxy is an old dell that was a windows xp computer that was used for cadding about 8-9 years ago. what would be some ideal specs for such a computer. Even a better proxy server software that is better than a 'free-open-sourced' piece of crap. Its seriously malfunctioning. like right now i cant go on a subreddit because its blocking it. in a few minutes i'm sure i'll be able to go on it again. the access denied page that comes up on it is not the one that should come up when it blocks the content it should. every website i've had this issue it says something about "domain cannot be reached" or "proxy cannot determine website ip address"

im to the point where im going to thrash the shit out of that computer if only there wouldn't be so many finger point back at me. what is the biggest issues I'm facing with this network configuration?
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Answer:Proxy server specs.

You know that your having dns issues right?
Check the dns settings on the proxy computer.
My guess is there are invalid dns servers set up on it.
Change it to google open dns servers for testing.

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Question: Mail server specs

I have a windows server 2003 right now that does my antivirus / antispyware. It is a dual xeon 2.4ghz, 3gb ram, 2x 200gb IDE hard drives mirrored. With the Trend Micro Viruswall running, typical usage is 5% CPU and 650mb RAM. I'm thinking is has plenty of horsepower left to hold a Merak Icewarp mail server for about 80 users. Our daily mail volume is roughly 1000 messages.

What do you guys think? Go with it or rethink the idea? Since the Merak has antivirus and antispam built in, I may even disable the trend scanning since it's scrubbed through a Barracuda before it hits my network.

Do any of you have experience with the Merak software?

Answer:Mail server specs

80 users will, over time, generate a lot more than a 1000 messages a day in spam alone. But that's beside the point; The hardware looks fine except for two things.

1) Disks. You have essentially 1 disk's worth of bandwidth. I wouldn't rely on this, opting for a raid 5 array of some sort.
2) No backup device. I see no way to store the data offsite or to do nightly backups.

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Anyone know where i can find the system requirements to run a Linux dedicated server for the following games:Quake 3 and 4Doom 3UT 2003 and 2004Im asuming that it will be around the requirements for the game itself less the grafics requirement? Requirements for a simple 1 on 1 would be apreciated and i can work up from there.

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Question: File server specs

What kind of spec's should I be looking at for a file server using software RAID 5 in linux? I was thinking an old P2 or P3 system with piles of RAM say 2GB? For speed I was thinking somewhere in the 833MHz range. It will just be doing pure file/print serving so nothing fancy.

Answer:File server specs

lol I used a dual 200mhz pentium pro with 512Mb of SDRAM PC133, and 12x 9.1gb scsi disks for an ftp server for lan parties with software raid on freebsd ran very well. I would say if its for casual file access, your box will be way overkill

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Hi all,I am wanting to get a desktop computer to act as a server for a small group of 7 computers to act as an internet gateway, manage our emails, store shared files and act as a printer server - we mostly use MS office files and therefore have no large image files and our bakcup file is currently only around 700mb. I am trying to get an idea of what specs the computer should have in order to run an efficiant systen. Also would we only need a firewall on the server and router and virus software on the server???? thanks

Answer:server computer specs

a fairly basic machine machine such as a Dell poweredge (advertised in the front of every pc magazine you see) will cover your needs and offer plenty of scope to upgrade. this is just an example not an endoursement there are thousands of alternatives almost any PC would do if it has plenty of memory and storage. as to the other question you will still need anti-virus software on each workstation as the internet is NOT the only source of infection but you will only need a firewall at the internet gateway.

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I've been tasked at looking at a solution to provide web-based email to some of our on the road employees, and I have to admit I don't have a clue as to what is available currently.

I found things like SquirrelMail, BlueMamba and RoundCube, but don't know which ones are reliable and have the best feature sets.

Basic requirements are:

low cost: open source preferable, however a low-cost purchasing fee would be acceptable
mail must be accessible through a standard web browser
should provide a choice of french or english client interface, determined by each user
ideally, should be able to integrate with Active Directory
should be able to apply corporate look & feel : colors, logo
should be able to integrate with some sort of anti-spam solution
That's about all of what I was told...
I would really appreciate any recommendations / suggestions of mail servers to look at.


Answer:Recommendation for a good web mail server??


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1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Running lots of Websites. Each web server will have to be in their own VM. MySQL servers in their own VMs. VMs combination of Linux and Windows Server.

Will also be running some HPC applications on an ad hoc basis.

Don't worry about redundancy, backups, NAS, etc... Just this Server/Workstation

Might run some game servers for fun, or might even throw in a GPU down the road for gaming shits and giggles.

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
No budget, but looking for Bang for the £ quality parts.

3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible.

London, UK

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need.
Motherboard, PSU, RAM, Storage, CPU HSF, GPU.

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
CPU: 2 x E5 2699 v3

6) Will you be overclocking?

7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? UEFI? etc.

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Answer:Server/Workstation Parts recommendation

How many websites is "lots", and why does each website need its own VM? That seems very wasteful. At that point you're not hosting websites, you're hosting virtual servers. Also, why DDR4? I would think with VMs, and especially website VMs, you would want more RAM rather than faster RAM.

I just buy used C1100's on eBay. They may not have top of the line specs, but I can buy FIVE of them with 72GB of DDR3 RAM EACH for the 1578.78 GBP that your parts cost.

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I have a small business client about 12 users using windows platforms and outlook express. They want email software so they can send inter office email etc. Any recommendations for SW to look at?


Answer:Email Server Software Recommendation

If they use Office and have Outlook it can do this.

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So as I am setting up and administering a network for a small business and have decided to run pfsense because I have experience with it.

The network will only have 25-30 clients at a time max.
They will have 5 users who will vpn in to access the server.
Wan is 50/8 Mbps.
The network will be gigabit so I will install 2 or 3 intel pro1000's depending on mb support.

So my question concerns hardware they are a dell shop so...

Can anyone sugest a dell server for a pfsense box?
also does anyone knows if pfsense supports the SAS6iR?
if pfsense supports the on board nic I will install only 2 Pro1000's if it dosen't then I will install 3.
does not need to be rack mount

Thanks in advance!


Answer:pfsense dell server recommendation?

dashpuppy suggesting untangle in...



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Hello to everyone i'm a new user here hope someone can help me !

I am searching for server specs for a medium business

These are the 4 Servers i am searching for :

Active directory server

Back up server

Mail Server

Print Server

does anyone knows a website were i can find info on these servers ?

Hope someone helps me !

Alexander :-)

Answer:Need Server Specs for a Medium Busines

the print server doesn't need to have any real power. Depending on what you're looking for, you can just buy a device called a print server (a relatively small box), which you'd typically see listed next to routers and switches in shops, and connect that to the network.
It would be cheaper to do that than buy a PC for the job.

How much data do you need backed up?
You can get hard drives in terabytes now, so if that's enough storage space, you could just get a couple and put them in a RAID 1 (which mirrors the drives so that each one has a copy of the same data, in case one fails)

how much workload do the other servers need to handle?

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Hey,any ideas where I can get Linux from as I'm wanting to start a Minecraft server. Also what sort of specs would I need for a Minecraft server with Linux?Thanks

Answer:Where to get Linux? Specs for Minecraft server?

click heretry thisgel

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I am looking to build a simple home server, but running Windows Server 2011: SBS Essentials. I'd like to use it as a media server, file server, backups, etc.. Nothing huge.

Would something like this work out and still be speedy?

Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHz dual core Pentium)
Consumer level M/B
Intel Dual GB NIC (teaming for 2 1Gb links to switch - for fun, not speed)
Plenty of HDD space, no RAID (possible RAID1 on backup drives)

It's a 64 bit only OS, and I'll be running TVersity on it (for encoding videos before sending it to Xbox) as well as standard folder sharing for the HTPC's (2). Not a lot of clients, but I'd like to be able to stream 2-3 files at once with no slowdown.

My guess is that Yes, it will work. But, I don't want to be disappointed and spend some $$ to get it going and have it suck. My only expense will be the HDD's (3 x 2TB for now) and MB. I have the CPU. Other option would be to get a i3 CPU (have a MB for it and RAM) for ~$100.

Also, aside: how does the PentiumD do with Folding?

Answer:Home Server with SBS2011 Specs

I have SBS 2011 Essentials on a Atom D525 with 4 GB of RAM server. It runs just fine, no complaints. I'm not sure how well your processor will work for TVersity though. You may need a beefier processor for the encoding.

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I need a machine to use as a pilot test machine for a new green-field set-up. I'll use the laptop as one of the main servers when the site starts - a laptop as a server makes sense, for a small <50 people site, as it's cheaper & smaller than most servers & has a battery.
The specs I'm looking for are:

802.11ac - I need the speed & coverage area to share images (a big part of the work)
1000base-T LAN connection
16Gb main memory - I need multiple virtual machines for different software
1TB disc 7200RPM or greater
or.. 1TB disc + 128GB internal SSD
or.. 1TB disc + Thunderbolt for an external SSD

Screen, keyboard etc don't matter, of course. I expect it to cost around £1500.
I've been hunting all over the place, but this combination seems hard to find. I can find 1TB discs, but they're slow, at ~5000RPM, which will cause a peformance bottleneck.
I could have an external router for the 802.11ac, but I'd rather use the machine as the main network server - if we had three laptops with 802.11ac strategically placed, we should be able to provide complete coverage of the space - one floor 50m x 40m.
I could have less than 16Gb of main memory, but then a multiple virtual machine will be slow with all the swopping.
I could have a USB 3.0 connection to external SSD, but that'd be half as fast, which seems pointless when you go to the trouble of having SSD.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

Answer:I need to buy a laptop to use as a server - I can't find one with the right specs!

Can't you find a shorter user name. Your current one destroys the formatting on the forum.

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Hey, I was looking around and didnt seem to find the minimum hardware specifications for the UltraVNC server. I imagine it wouldn't be anything too demanding.

I was wondering if a 1.3GHz Celeron and 256mb of ram running windows XP would do it?

Answer:UltraVNC server minimum specs?

Just as a single host? Or are you looking for the LAN mirror/repeater?

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Estimated Ship Date: 07/23/2008

Item Number Quantity Item Description

1 Dual Core Intel® Xeon® 3040, 2MB Cache, 1.86GHz, 1066MHz FSB

1 4GB DDR2, 667MHz, 4X1GB Dual Ranked DIMMs

1 No Keyboard Option

1 80GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive, Primary

1 Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID

1 No Floppy Drive

1 No Operating System

1 No Mouse

1 On-Board Single Gigabit Network Adapter

1 48X CD-ROM Drive

1 Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit

1 Onboard SATA, 1 Drive connected to Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID

1 3Yr Basic Hardware Warranty Repair: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite

1 No Installation Assessment

Order Subtotal: $526.26
Shipping and Handling Total: $19.99

Tax Total: $38.24
Total Charges: $584.49

It'll serve as an application server (one small piece of software for a construction company; they're purchasing it and I'll be installing it on this server; the software maker says that the application can run fine on even a PIII or P4) and file server (after I put in two (2) 750GB SATA drives in there from TheEgg, since it's cheaper)


Answer:Just ordered this server; please tell me what you guys think (specs; price; etc.)

Decent price although I would have gone with a HW RAID solution, if those drives get nuked you'll be in trouble. Be sure to get good backups daily!

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I have a game that runs on a certain hardware requirements. I have an old p3 laying around that i can use for dedicated server but it doesn't match the minimum requirements of the game.
my question is: Can i run dedicated server on a pc with less requirements from what the game has given me?

BTW i dont care that its in the wrong thread , im just looking for a quick answer


Answer:Running Dedicated server on less than required pc specs

It depends on the game. Some games you can download a separate dedicated server file, and don't need to actually install the game.

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Currently my XP1900+ w/ 1.5GB RAM folding box is fulfilling these roles under Ubuntu Server 6.10

http server
dhcp server
dns cache
samba server
mpd server + jinzora server (connected to stereo)
mysql server
openvpn / ssh server
running boinc 24/7 @ 80% cpu
running torrentflux (although I want to move this to something else to lower the cpu usage)
firewall / routing

I was thinking about picking up a dual 500Mhz P3 w/ 1gb or something similar (running linux) to take the load off the folding machine.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a router box and which roles it should take from the folding box? Currently there are 4 clients (2 xp, 1 os x, 1 linux) not including the folding box on my internal network connected by a 16 port linksys switch.

For the real IT people, what should I look for to manage my home network? Any advice would be nice

Answer:Minimum Specs for Router / HTTP Server / etc

I think you should be fine with what you have listed, depending on the level of usage you have.

I guess I should give you an example of what I have running on my server, and it's roles.

It is an old Dell Poweredge 2400 with a pair of P3 450's, and 768MB of RAM with a couple 10k RPM 36GB and 9GB HDD's.

It is running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, and it is a Domain Controller, DNS Server, FTP Server (IIS), Web Server (IIS), Mail Server (hMailServer), File Server, Streaming Media Server (Vibe Streamer), Torrent DL'er (uTorrent), VPN Server (OpenVPN; Windows Clients), and of course it runs A/V, and a couple other network monitoring programs.

All in all, I have had no problem at all with the performance of the machine except when I get complex PHP scripts going.

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Server 2012 was released to TN today in case you didn't notice.

I have yet to be able to find a full feature list for Server 2012 Foundation.

The one on Wiki doesn't list the features I'm curious about, namely drive pooling and client backup.

I was hoping foundation has these due to the stupid mandatory ActiveDirectory configuration in Essentials.

It does NOT appear Standard has Client Backup. Weird.

Answer:Full Specs for Server 2012 Foundation ?

Pooling is in all versions and client backup is only in Essentials I believe.

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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 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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As my post says I need the specs of both drives, paticularly the type of termination (active, etc). (I am definately NOT a SCSI savvy person)

Heres my problem I have a proprietary graphics computer that uses standard SCSI hard drives up to about 340mb for saving images. It is compatible with most Quantum LPS/Prodrive and Conner drives, especially the 120mb and 270mb versions.
Anyway I got a large number of IBM WDS3160's due to the lack of the latter and they do not work properly.

With the ibm drives I have problems with line noise and detection.

What is the difference (electronically) between an IBM WDS-3160 and a Conner 30100 drive? Is there any way I can get the IBM drive to function similarly to a Conner 30100?

Please note that I am only using one drive in the system.

Thanx for any help

Answer:Need IBM WDS-3160 specs and Conner cp30100 specs major trouble

I believe I've found a difference between the two drives, it seems that the conner unit automatically enables SCSI parity and the ibm drive makes no mention of it.
Do any of you think this could be the issue? If so how would I enable parity on the ibm drive?


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Which Intel P4 Processor and what storage options to use?

Hello everyone. I need to spec out a new testing PC for work, so I'm asking for some opinions. The role this thing will play is a VMware test machine. I will be creating VMware images to run application tests, break/fix, troubleshooting, etc. The operating systems on the images will likely be Server 2003 and XP. So I was thinking of 2 gigs memory, but that may be too conservative. The help I really need is with the CPU and storage. I obviously want a multi core/hyperthreaded CPU, but which one? Hot swapapble RAID would be nice, but what level, and do I need a stand-alone RAID controller or can I use the mobo's?

Thanks all, in advance.

Answer:Specs I need, give me specs. Opinion Sollicitation for work PC...

The Xeon Line of CPU's usally do very well in a server like setup. Alot of the time you can get the dual CPU motherboards. If you perfer though maybe one of the new Intel Dual Cores will run well, although im not sure, most servers I know of run dual Xeon's.

As for storage, if you have the money, get SCSI contolers and RAID SCSI drives. They are alot quicker.

And 2GB of RAM seems fine.

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Will this Laptop, a Dell Vostro series, specs:Intel® Core? 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - EnglishLCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display with TrueLife? edit 3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x1024 + 1x2048 MB)250GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive256MB nVidia® GeForce® 8600M GT edit Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive edit Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr) run a game smoothly (example, LOTRO: Shadows of Angmar) that has these spec requirements:Minimum System Requirements OS: Windows® XP Processor: Intel Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz or equivalent RAM: 512 MBVideo: 64 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 3 or ATI® Radeon® 8500 Disk Space: 7 GB availableDirectX: DirectX® 9.0c Optical Drive: 2x DVD-ROMInternet: 56kbps Modem Recommended System RequirementsOS: Windows® XP / Vista Processor: Intel Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz or equivalent RAM: 1 GB Video: 128 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® FX 6800 or ATI® Radeon® X850 Disk Space: 10 GB available DirectX: DirectX® 9.0c Optical Drive: 2x DVD-ROM Internet: Broadband DSL/Cable

Answer:Will Game Specs runon Laptop specs?

In short, Yes it should according to your specs.

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2 week old H405. Problems started immediately. Occasionally the unit fails to start, freezing on the LENOVO splash screen. No drive light or drive sound. After power cycling a few times, with a break between them, it will start up. First thought was temperature, but SpeedFan says the hottest thing in the box is 29C Any thoughts? I would also like to know how to turn off the splash screen and se the normal POST information. the instructions in the Hardware Maintenance Manual don't appear to work. Final thing. SpeedFan seems to pick up temperatures, but the voltages are messed up. What's a good hardware monitor for this motherboard? Thanks

Answer:H405 freezes at Lenovo Splash screen. Also, turn off splash screen? Hardware Monitor recommendation?

Hi vetitice and welcome to the Community,
It sounds like you want a fairly complete monitoring tool.  Speccy always came to mind.  It should work okay for your board.
You might want to make sure the ram is seated properly and do a diagnostic on the hard drive.  

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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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 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?
Just wondering what your guys opiions ... Read more

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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'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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