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By printmn1 ·
I am a systems administrator working for a 75 Million/yr. Manufacturing company. There are approximately 200 local and remote users that you support along with several servers. As the systems administrator I am responsible for identifying and solving a wide variety of problems. Many problems can be addressed with little or no expense, however others require a capital expenditure. The CIO and CFO must approve all capital expenditures. Many of the other senior management have input as well.

Based on the problems identified below I must:
?h Identify a solution
?h Cost justify the solution
?h Develop a project plan
?h Develop a project budget

Note: You are not required to propose Microsoft only solutions but solutions must be accurate and justified.

Your company has a very active 24-hour engineering division. The engineering div. requires access to a networked CAD system and a schematic archive imaging system. The engineering div. is directly responsible for 25 Million/yr. in revenue. There are 40 engineers with an average salary of $130,000/yr.

The server that supports the CAD and archive systems is several years old. The processor averages 85%, and the storage space is at 90%. I have determined that the server has 90% annual uptime. Within the last three months; I have had to restore from backup twice due to server failure. The down time was 8 hours per incident. I attribute the extended restore time due to a backup system that require me to span acrossthree tapes. The network is 10/100 Ethernet.

The engineers have complained of slow response time. They advise that the average engineer spends 30-40% of their time waiting for the server to serve up files. In the past year along they have had torecreate 76 man-hours of work due to server failure.

Please give me help resolving these problems. Thank You!!!!

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Something about H/W upgrade...

by Infra_HDC In reply to I Need A Piece of Your Br ...

Try to use:
1. RAID controllers with HOT SWAPPING HDDs
2. CLUSTERING
WBR

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Upgrade needed.

by Charley In reply to I Need A Piece of Your Br ...

I don't know what your current system is running, but it sounds like your server is in dire need of replacement.

I'd reccommend a new server, either prefab from Terra Computing. I'd install FreeBSD on it. YOu will have to figure out your own Hardware spec, but a server from Terra running FreeBSD will give you extreme reliability. Combine these with a RAID5+1 rig and you've got a very tough to beat combination for performance and reliability.

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