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By mike.peck ·
I am presently running a Novell Netware 3.20 network with a nearly new server (500 mhz with 256k RAM) and 50 Windows 95/98/ NT workstations.The workstation range from Pentium 100s to PIII 600.
It has become necessary for me to change my network operating system to Windows NT Server 4.0. I have some training but very little experience with NT Server. I have the following hardware available and would like opinions on the best server configuration.
1. Gateway PIII 500 mhz 128mb RAM 10 MB IDEhard drive
2. Gateway PIII 400 mhz 128mb RAM 10 MB IDE hard drive
3. Gateway ALR 8200 Server 256 mb RAM 2 8MD SCSI hard drives
My initial thought was to have a PDC (500mhz), BDC (400 mhz) and a server for file storage (present NW server) Any thoughts will be appreciated.

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by joel In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

Here's my though. DON'T use IDE drives for your hard drive(s) in your PDC. Your ALR 8200 sounds like your best option for your PDC if you have to use the hardware on hand. It may have a slower processor but the faster and more reliable SCSI hardware and the extra RAM will make up for this. With the 2 drives you can use disk mirroring for fault tolerance.

Have fun learning NT!

Good luck

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by mike.peck In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

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by avachon In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

Hi, I agree with Joel. Scsi provides greater reliability and disk mirroring will provide you with good practice (mirror your system files, or what microsoft refers to as the boot). If you set up a lot of services for NT you will find you will need the 256Mb ram. I'd make the PIII500 my bdc (so you can practice replication and you could use it as your file and print server as well). The PIII 400 could be a resource member server running anything else you have (e.g., IIS and proxy or SQL or use it as a novell box to learn interoperability with NT). Good luck.

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by simon.wellborne In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

Hello.
Because you are only serving 50 users, an over the top PDC is not always the answer.

If you are going to be using on the machines as a file and or application server (such as email etc) then the SCSI disked ALR would be the better choice.

The GWP400 would suffice as a PDC for a network of your size and you could then optimize file sharing on the ALR.

In a larger network with a lot more concurrent logons, then I would use the ALR - but I am in a similar situation at my current position and have done things this way. Users are more likely to comlain about slow file access than a delayed logon.

Hope this offers you some insight.

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by mike.peck In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

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Hi, I agree with Simonw.
And you can use Migration Tool for NetWare
to migrate user accounts, passwords, scripts, groups, homes etc.
ALR for file server and select maximize througtput for file sharing.
PIII 400 for PDC, select maximize througtput for Network App
PIII 500 for BDC and app, select maximize througtput for Network App.

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by ped2000 In reply to Network Server Hardware C ...

Here is my opinion. You have two like system, in you gateway systems. Use the 500mhz as your PDC and the 400mhz as your BDC, the IDE drives will be more than adiquit for login services and such. I would use the ALR for File system task, and because it is SCSI you will be able to add drives with no problems for future needs.

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