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    Hi All,

    I'll like to get your opinion for server hardware sizing for about 15 users in a Small Business Server 2008 LAN. This is the Standard edition. File/print & Exchange server only.

    I know that 8GB is the minimum from Microsoft. I'm more concerned about the memory.

    No other application on the server other than Trendmicro Worry Free Advanced Business edition.

    thx,
    suds
    Last edited by sudsmeister; 29th September 2009, 12:46.

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    Re: Server hardware sizing

    For more users better more memory. For 5-10users is 8GB ok. For 10-15users is 10-12GB. For more than 20 (up to 50) users is 16GB ok. Everything is based on all components will be installed in Standard Ed. (users = concurrent users or actively working on same time). It is a recommended (experience) for fine and quick working all components.
    Mayo

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    • #3
      Re: Server hardware sizing

      8GB is good but the more the merrier. However, don't skimp on the disk system. Get a decent RAID card and put the OS on a mirrored pair, Exchange on a mirrored pair and then user data and sharepoint on a RAID 5 set. Of course, this is only if you plan on using sharepoint, but if you also want to use it as the file server then definitely get a RAID 5 set to place that data on and keep it away from the system drive and the Exchange drive.
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      • #4
        Re: Server hardware sizing

        Thanks, Mayo

        cheers,
        suds

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        • #5
          Re: Server hardware sizing

          Hi Nonapeptide,

          Thanks for your input. Budget is a bit tight for the number of HDDs but Memory is something I'll not be stingy.

          thx again to all

          suds

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          • #6
            Re: Server hardware sizing

            For 15 users, why not dump a couple of 1TB drives and RAID 1 them. Better still, 4 x 1TB drives and RAID 10. For that few users performance is not going to be an issue so no need to go overboard with RAID 1 for O/S, RAID 1 for Exchange and RAID 5 (personally I would go RAID 6 if that setup was required) for everythig else.

            What is the budget?
            Is the Server going to be used by Remote Users?
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            • #7
              Re: Server hardware sizing

              Originally posted by sudsmeister View Post
              Hi All,

              I know that 8GB is the minimum from Microsoft. I'm more concerned about the memory.

              No other application on the server other than Trendmicro Worry Free Advanced Business edition.

              thx,
              suds
              Technically 4Gb is the minimum from Microsoft, but 8 Gb is the minimum for getting any work done!
              Also my reading of Trend Worry Free is that it is anything but! Actually that goes for any product that adds another firewall or generally tries to provide endpoint security.
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