Citrix Hardware Recommendation

I'm getting ready to order hardware for a new/replacement Citrix server.  It's going to be running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with Citrix Presentation Server 4.5.  It will be a stand alone Citrix server, not part of a farm, and will host a maximum of 15 concurrent sessions.  It will be running:
- Office XP or 2003
- WordPerfect 11
- Hyperion Enterprise 6.22 Client
- ADP 5 Client
- InSource CS 11.1 Client
- TimeKron Client
- Adobe Reader
- McAfee AntiVirus

I'm considering the following hardware:
- HP Proliant DL360 or ML530
- Dual 3GHz Xeon with 2MB L2 Cache

Should I go with the DL360 or the ML530?  Also, do the hardware specifications seem appropriate or should I be heading in a different direction?
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The specs you have look good.

Deciding between the DL or ML depends on what you want.  The DL is a 1U rack server so won't take up a lot of space in your server room.  However, because of it's size is less scalable (less room for more processors, ram, HD's, etc..)

The ML is a lot bigger so will be harder to mount in a rack, but will give you more upgrade options to add on later.  Depending on price though it might be overkill.  If the price of the ML is more than what it would take to replace the DL completely at a later date I would go with the DL, but if you are definetly going to want some options to upgrade THIS server then the ML might be a better choice.

All things equal I would choose the DL though, just because of the space savings.

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karinerivetAuthor Commented:
The DL360 and DL380 both currently ship with Dual Core Intel Xeon 5110 (1.60GHz, 1066MHz FSB) Processors.  Given that on a regular basis we probably only have a maximum of 5 users simultaneously connected what are your thoughts on one dual core processor versus two dual core processors?  Also, what are your thoughts on 2GB of RAM versus 4GB of RAM?
that's hard to answer without knowing your users but a single processor would probably be sufficient.  and of course you could always upgrade later if necessary.

I would stay with 4 GB RAM as that usually is the biggest bottleneck in a citrix server (in my experience).  This will depend on how many apps each user has open at any one time, and how much ram each of those apps typically uses.  
karinerivetAuthor Commented:
no problem!  Good luck with the upgrade.
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