Solved

Hardware for Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2004-04-02
5
263 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I will appreciate if someone can point to me to any website, or if someone could tell me about the reccomended hardware for Windows 2003 Server. We have Windows NT 4.0 Domain setup at our company, and are in the planning process of migrating to Windows 2003. Any recommendations for RAID? what to go with? I havent done this before, still in the research phase.

Thanks much!

fiarik
0
Comment
Question by:fiarik
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Netman66
ID: 10742574
0
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Netman66
ID: 10742583
Go with Hardware RAID all the way.

Buy the biggest server you can afford - you'll always grow into it.

0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:What90
ID: 10746685
Buy a brand name server with a good support contract 4/8 hour response. That way the server machine support won't dry up in the next year of two.
As Netman66 mention, plan to at least have three years of working life in the server, so work out how much disk space, RAM and CPU you need for the next couple of years. Get what redundency you can also afford too.

Hardware RAID is the way to go with a good set of SCSI hard drives.

0
 

Author Comment

by:fiarik
ID: 10754094
Thanks alot Netman66 and What90. I'm finalizing my recoomendations to manager for the RAID. Any reccomendations specifically for Windows 2003 Server. RAID 3 or RAID 5 is the best option? I'm going to recommend Hardware RAID.
0
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
What90 earned 50 total points
ID: 10754149
Avoid making your entire server a single RAID 5 array.
I've always like splitting up my RAID disks in to:
RAID 1 for the system disks (where Windows has been installed) and RAID 5 for any data storage options.

Or
If the machine is a pure domain controller, then you may want to go with RAID 1 for the system disks and RAID 1 for the log files (Active directories data bases) disks.


0

Featured Post

Do You Know the 4 Main Threat Actor Types?

Do you know the main threat actor types? Most attackers fall into one of four categories, each with their own favored tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Join & Write a Comment

Recently, I had the need to build a standalone system to run a point-of-sale system. I’m running this on a low-voltage Atom processor, so I wanted a light-weight operating system, but still needed Windows. I chose to use Microsoft Windows Server 200…
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
Illustrator's Shape Builder tool will let you combine shapes visually and interactively. This video shows the Mac version, but the tool works the same way in Windows. To follow along with this video, you can draw your own shapes or download the file…

708 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now