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Posted on 2006-11-05
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Hi,

This is one for all you deal hunters out there, I need to find the cheapest possible AMD Opteron (Or 64 bit) Servers on the market, for futureproofing nneds (Next version of Exchange). It does not nessisarily matter if they are preowned, as long as they are 64 bit. I will go as far as to say they do not need to be dual CPU, just so long as they meat the next version of Exchange's requirements. Basically the problem is that with our current exchange server failing and server budget blown (and being an extramly small company), I need to find a replacement server that is compatible with Exchange 2007 (or whatever they are going to call it).

Thanks,
Max
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Anyone?
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If you're on a tight budget & you need a server, i would suggest building one. what exactly are the required specs? you can also try ebay if it doesn't matter if pre-owned. another option is to check OEM websites for refurbs.
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Hello,

Thanks for your reply. The exact specs are not finasl as Exchange 2007 is still beta software, but microsoft currently indicates that it will require a 64 bit processor and 2GB of RAM plus 5mb per user.

http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/faq.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/sysreqs/2006.mspx

Unfortunately, the 32 bit version of the trial will not continue on to a final product and is just for demonstration purposes.

eBay has not turned up must of anything.
I will try the OEM websites.
Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Max
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Is opteron the only CPU that the 64 bit version of Server 2007 will support? Are any of the intel chips (aside from the high end xeon) 64 bit?

Thanks, Max
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davybrator7 ?
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davybrator7 ?
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sorry took so long... not sure but i will check so the info is accurate... i haven't been looking into the Server 07 much but i heard it may have support for either athlon64 or FX. but i will make sure. i'll check with you shortly.
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Ric Tutero earned 500 total points
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Yes it does look like it can run on the Athlon 64. Impressively, as with the Sempron BX CPUs (revision D, my personal pref), which AMD REFUSES to refer to as "Sempron64", as most modders do. if you would choose to use a Sempron, there was supposed to be a 64-bit Sempron 3700 series in the works. If you have time, i suggest you wait for it. It's value for every buck. Though i have yet to find a socket 754 mainboard with RDRAM support (or even any more than 4Gb of RAM). Of course, it still depends on the workstations.

get 4-11 on the Server07 here - these guys sure know their stuff!
http://www.exchangeninjas.com/askaquestion
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Sorry davybrator7,

I haven't been on top of things at EE for a while. Thank you for the information, I will keep it in mind when Server and Exchange 2007 come out.

Thank you,
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