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By mcwerley ·
I have a client who would like a network setup for his company. I am trying so size the correct server for him. There are 5 users who will be useing this as a file print server. What is the minuim size that will work. Ex. memory, processor,etc?

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by shmaltz In reply to Sizing a server

PII (don't use celeron) and 512MB RAM will work fine, however considering the fact that the price for P4 isn't that much I would suggest going with at least P4 and 1GB RAM (DDR if possible). I run a file and print (about 15 printers) server that is also a Domain Controller, serving 75 users, on a Pentium 3 and 1 GB of ECC RAM (pc133), and it runs perfect, the reason however is because that server has Dual Channel SCSI RAID 5, which makes file access much faster. Considering the fact that you will have only 5 users, and you didn't ask about RAID I would say go with a reguler PC (P4, 512MB RAM). If you are considering RAID go for hardware RAID.

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by mcwerley In reply to Sizing a server

Sounds great thanks for your help

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Sizing a server

Ok, for just file/print it doesnt have to be flashy...

A AMD Athlon/ P3 / P4 should be good enough
At least 512MB DDR/RD RAM
Now, for file sharing, if each user will use 500 MB, then thats 2.5 GB needed for user files now, double it for expansion, so 5 GB and with system files, you should just put in a 40GB, its probably cheaper.

Minimum: P166mmx, 32mb ram, 3gb hdd, 10mbs nic. That would run a text linux box that would do the box. THe above, however, would be handy for a windows box, and for future expansion

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by Curious_George In reply to Sizing a server

The above answers are not incorrect, but here is another perspective.

The workload generated by 5 "typical" users is VERY low, almost any system that can run NT4 or W2K is MORE than sufficent to perform base file and print services, for this workload.

You need to determine how much disk space they need and the level of acceptable downtime they can accept, based upon that you build in redundancies as described above. You could put a 2 million dollar EMC Clarion in place to do this duty, but not a wise expenditure of funds.

In a day when inexpensive IDE RAID 1 systems are available for about $20 addtl. M.B. cost, plus an extra drive, you could probably put up a descent server, including a good tape backup system, for about $2,500 - $3,000. Remember to include at least a 100Mbs Network, anything less will bottleneck performance more than an under-powered server.

It is a matter of defining your requirements (including growth projections/capacity planning), before jumping to a specific solution.

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