Sizing of a server for SBS 2003 R2 - your thoughts?
Posted on 2007-03-27
Sorry, I am having some self doubts. I haven't done a new install of SBS 2003 in a while. Was wondering what people thought of this machine for 25 users using exchange - heavy use of shared calendars and contacts, 50% of the users will be accessing the server from the outside / on the road, file and print sharing, and 5 users will be using Quickbooks 2007 which will be installed on the server:
Dell PowerEdge 2900
4 GB RAM
2 of the Quad Core Intel® Xeon® E5310, 2x4MB Cache, 1.60GHz, 1066MHz FSB processors
4GB 667MHz (4x1GB), Dual Ranked DIMMs (are single ranked DIMMs worth the extra $147?)
Hard drive controller: PERC 5/i, Integrated Controller Card
5? of the 250GB, SATA Universal, 3.5-inch, 7.2K RPM Hard Drives - 4 drives in a raid 5 configuration and 1 spare drive
I'm building the system myself, with a 25GB C drive, and the rest D drive (some people have talked about 5 drives - 2 in RAID1 and 3 in raid 5... but the first 2 drives for the C drive? Would you use 250s? or smaller SAS drives? Seems like a waste to dedicate 250 GB to the C drive?
Redundant Power Supply with Dual Cords
Dual Embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II 5708 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
56K Internal Modem for PowerEdge and PowerEdgeSC,Conexant, Unleaded
PowerVault 100T, DAT72 Tape Backup, 36/72GB, w/Controller, Internal (they currently have 60 GB of data...20 of it is several years old / could have an archive made of that data, but realistically, the system has 750 GB of hard drive storage. How do you 'backup' that data when the drive gets even 1/2 full?
We're going to use the SBS backup app