5 Clients, 1 server...have some questions.

Posted on 2004-11-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
Ok setting up a small network, 5 clients, 1 server.
I am very familiar with Windows Server 2003, that will be what I am using.
The server will be mainly used as a file server, housing excel spreadsheets and maybe a small application.
It will also run Exchange Server 2003.
All the hardware will be bought from Dell.

Questions 1:
Will a celeron processor with like 1 gb of ram run that well?  Or will using the P4 really increase performance? Can you give me some minimum specs for a server that does what I stated above well?

Question 2: Sadly, I don't mess with exchange that much... how hard is it to set up for a small network like that.  (FYI, we are upgrading from an older network with exchange so I have all the numbers etc.)  Any Tips?
Question by:hunterdnance
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    Small tip regarding Exchange 2003 vs 1 GB of RAM

    We have a 20 Mail accounts on our Exchange and although its not 5 clients as in your case, 1 GB seems not enough. When exchange is up - it takes 1 GB like nothing...

    In our network, only after adding additional 1GB  we were able to work ok with Win2k3 and Exchange.
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    If you use your server for simple file sharing, then there is no problem regarding your celeron or 1 Gb of RAM.
    There will be no problems with exchange also... that is if you will use only five clients.
    I had that configuration in my firm and it worked fine (no problems with memory usage)
    It is recommended to "tweak" your server settings a bit... Like disabeling indexing service, fixed size of swap file...
    If you will be expanding youre clients, than you should think abaut getting more RAM.

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