4 Websites + Exchange Server

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
We've never implemented a system like this prior and were wondering if 4 Websites and Exchange on a single server would be a wise move.

Some info:

100,000 requests/week for all websites combined
20 Email users for business

Dell PowerEdge 2850
2 x Xeon 2.8Ghz/1MB Cache, 800Mhz FSB
Win2003 Web Edition
1 GB DDR 400Mhz RAM
PERC4ei RAID 5 Config w/ 3 x 36GB 10K Ultra 320 SCSI
2 x Intel Pro 100S w/ IPSEC NICs

Thanks for any help.
Question by:nickperjak1
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    This should work, although I'd separate exchange and web, if one has a problem, not everything will fail. I would also put more than 3 disks into your raid 5 array. The more you have the faster will the disk access be, and that could be important mainly for exchange, but also for web.
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    Should not be any problem. We have an Exchange/IIS server with much heavier usage than what you have in mind, and much less hardware, and it's rarely overworked. One thing to keep in mind, beyond just the number of hits, is the type of files you will be serving. If you will be serving large movies or complex ASP files, that will stress it more than serving up a bunch of smaller images or text files, e.g.

    Also, I would suggest more RAM if you have any flexibility there.

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    I'm sorry r-k for not giving you points. This was my first post and I didn't know you could split points?? Both answers were exactly what I was looking for. Yeah, we're going to use a lot of ASP on all sites, many with videos, and large images, that is why I didn't go light on the H/W. Thanks for all the info.
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    Don't worry about the points. I am still not sure what they're for!

    But glad you found the tips helpful.

    The reason I mentioned more RAM is that Exchange has a way of expanding to fill all available memory. This is apparently by design. On our server, I noted that usage stabilizes at about 1.2 GB. Of course the virtual memory will provide anything over 1 GB, and we have about 150 users so you may not run into this.

    Good luck.
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