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Processor platform for Terminal Services

By LabRaT ·
I am planning a server hardware upgrade for a current server with dual Xeon 1.8GHz processors running Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services supporting about 15 users. I might be able to budget Citrix licenses if I avoid another dual processor system and going with a fast dual-core. Dual processors -vs- dual-core? Can anyone tell me which platform would compare best for a Terminal Server if, in fact, there are considerations for this?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Processor platform for Te ...

The Dual Core Intel's would be your best option here they are more robust than the AMD ones and from my experience far more reliable for a Server Application.

As for performance I have a Dual Xeon 3.2 unit here and I'm running it beside a Dual Core Pentium Extreme which is a Dual Core with HTT and 3.2 speed so in theory it should be faster than the Xeon but for all piratical purposes the Xeon beats it hands down every time. But with only 15 users this might not be much of an issue for you unless there is a lot of network traffic involved where a lot of number crunching needs to be done on the server.

What I can not tell you however is what will happen if one of the cores fails as that is something that I have not as yet seen. With a Dual Processor you can always run it with one CPU while the replacement is found but I don't know what will be the position if one of these Dual Core CPU's breaks down. It could take the server Off Line totally or just slow it down dramatically.

If this was a Mission Critical Server I would stick with the Dual Processor configuration as they have a known past to work from where as the Dual Core CPU's are as yet not on the market long enough to fully understand what will happen if something goes wrong.

But that's just my opinion you know better how important your Work place is and what the loadings will be. It's just that with a Dual CPU Setup it's possible to overheat one of the CPU's without damaging the other in theory where as with the Dual Core with everything on the same chip it's anyones guess as to what will happen.

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by LabRaT In reply to

This is the type of info I was looking for. I will look for more info on the points you brought up. Thanks!

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by JamesRL In reply to Processor platform for Te ...

My company sells many Terminal servers on the Windows 2003 platform, without Citrix. With a dual Xeon 2.8 ghz platform, 2-4 GB of RAm , we support from 35 to 50 users, depending on the applications they want to run. On heavy database platforms we insist on RAID.

Why are you upgrading? 15 doesn't seem a huge number of users - is there enough RAM for each user? What kinds of apps are they running on the server?

James


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by LabRaT In reply to

This was informative but didn't really help me with the different platforms. Current server is 3 1/2 years old with 1gig RAM with the terminals accessing a separate database server. It is simply a maintenance replacement--and there's money in the budget. I'm just trying to get a handle on the current hardware platforms so I make an informed decision. There are no current performance issues--I'm just looking to see how the current options can best fit our needs. Thanks for your answer

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by JamesRL In reply to Processor platform for Te ...

My company sells many Terminal servers on the Windows 2003 platform, without Citrix. With a dual Xeon 2.8 ghz platform, 2-4 GB of RAm , we support from 35 to 50 users, depending on the applications they want to run. On heavy database platforms we insist on RAID.

Why are you upgrading? 15 doesn't seem a huge number of users - is there enough RAM for each user? What kinds of apps are they running on the server?

James


James

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