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Hardware spec for SBS x64

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I want to spec an entry-level server for a network that will only have 5 PCs but I need to be sure that it will support exchange 12 and the Longhorn timeframe version of SBS.

I'm looking at something like an HP Proliant ML110 G3 with Pentium 630

Ignoring memory and hard disk requirements will this processor fit the requirement - is the Xeon a better bet ?
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With only 5 PC's, that may very well do the job, but it also depends on whether you will be installing anything like CRM or any other SQL applications on the server because the ML110 G3 can only have a maximum of 2 internal hard drives... and I wouldn't use anything less than a 3 drive RAID 5 if you have business critical information on your server (and with SBS, you ALWAYS do).

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The question that I was asking was whether the processor was suitable for the Longhorn timeframe with SBS. I appreciate that Jeff was offering best advice relating to the hard disks but that was not the question. I specifically said "Ignoring memory and hard disk requirements "
So really the question has not been answered in my opinion.
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I realize you said ignoring the memory and hard disk requirements... and I answered that it would do the job as long as you had sufficient memory and hard drives... you didn't say to ignore the motherboard... which is what will limit you in the ML110.  So perhaps you should have just mentioned the processor because I certainly couldn't ignore the fact that you were planning on doing this with an ML110.

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OK - that's a fair comment. The ML110 motherboard only supports two drives that is true. (Unless you add another RAID controller) But hey we're getting hung up on the wrong aspect of the question.

This is what I asked - "will this processor fit the requirement - is the Xeon a better bet?"  

I appreciate your continued participation.
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