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By mtorres7 ·
I'm planning to buy a new server for our lan. Currently we have a Proliant ML370 G3, dual Xeon 2.8, 1.5GB ram, 72GB SCSII. OS is Server 2003 Premium, running SQL, Exchange (50 users), and a huge Visual Basic administrative application.
Please provide suggestions for a new one (Dell preferred), and if I need to buy another OS with client licences. We have 40 computers attached to the lan; Do I need to divide workload between the servers (example SQL in one server, Exchange in the other)?
Is enough with one server, and the other as a backup server?
I have doubts with the terminology: single ranked? dual ranked? primary controller? sata raid? scssi raid?

Please help!

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by Dennis.Rhine In reply to New Server Suggestions

Go with the Dell - I just ordered a PoerEdge 2650 with 2 GB memory and 5 146 GB hard drives for about $4400. You might not need that much storage but we did here. Also, I prefer to rack mount them but if you don't then stick to the even hundreds (PowerEdge 2600 for example).

As to the second question - I always try to keep a server for a task or two as opposed to one for everything and a backup. The reason is that I get better speed as the server isn't trying to do everything. I would thing about moving either SQL or Exchange - whichever is easier for you.

For the OS - you will need to purchase a license of Windows 2003 Server (whichever flavor you need). Whether you will need to purchase additional CAL's will depend upon the licensing scheme you used when you built the first one. I always use Per-Seat and then I need to have a CAL for each computer but without regards to how mny servers I own. Hope this helps

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by mtorres7 In reply to New Server Suggestions

What is the difference or advantage of this configuration: 6 SCSSI drives, 2 configured as RAID 1 and 4 as RAID 5.
Do I need two scssi cards installed for this configuration?

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