Three servers, how would you configure this network?
Posted on 2006-03-25
I have three servers from beginning the office with only 4 users to aquiring a more powerful server later on, to getting yet another server in a company aquisition...we have a total of 20 users in the office (not terminal services) and 5 outside users that sometimes connect remotely and use OWA for dealing with their email. The servers are different, and as we've grown, I've moved different services to each server and am not sure if I'm using the servers in the most efficient and secure manner. Could you take a look at my setup now and let me know the best way to configure the network (note: the network has an external firewall, so no need to consider firewall services on any server):
All are running Windows Server 2003 Standard-
Dell Poweredge 400SC - 2.2 ghz, 512mb ram
Currently running MS Exchange, DNS, primary domain controller, terminal services, IIS
Dell Poweredge 1800 - Dual 2.8 ghz processors, 2gb ram
Currently running MS SQL server, secondary domain controller
(we'll have a couple of database services running on this server that'll eventually be pretty big, so my thought would be to have one server totally dedicated to SQL database...also, this server has 3 hard drives)
Dell Poweredge 2500 - 2.2 ghz, 2gb ram
Currently file server, print server
Okay, given those specs, what server would you have running what? The 400SC was our first, so that's why it seems to be taking the brunt of the load (I could easiy add more memory). I want your expert opinion on how you'd use all three servers to best utilize the services we have running. Let me know if you need more details!
500 points :)