need server specs

Our manager felt that our current wintel server needs to be replaced and asked me to spec out a good, robust and scalable server.

I really don't know much about servers.

So, I was wondering if anyone very knowledgeable can give me some info about purchasing a server.

If all else fails, some links to useful server info would be greatly appreciated.
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What is the file server going to be used for?
How many users?

Do you know some of the specs of your current server?
It depends on what the server is for.

What programs, how many users ?
How much disk space ?

I hope this helps !
Both HP and Dell should have white papers with explanations of how to size a server.

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I have not seen the HP/Dell white papers, but they have to be at least a little bias.  Post your needs and we can give you a more unbiased opinion
You need to provide what you need so that we can better answer your question.
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
Sorry Good people for late response.
And I truly appreciate all your responses.

As stated, I know little about servers.

But I can tell you that this server we are looking to purchase will host an SQL Server database, will be running a couple of applications.

So far, the current server is over 2gig of physical RAM, 2 hard drives, one over 10 gig of hard drive spave and the other - C:\  drive is over 200gig of hard drive space.

We would like it to be already upgraded to windows server2003 or atleast be upgradable to windows server2003.

It is not a unix box. I hear a lot about wintel. I assume wintel is a windows box?

Please let me know if you need to know something specific and I can go looking for that info.

Again, thanks for  your assistance.
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I forgot to mention that it will be for no more than 50 users. Currently, there are 15  users. I am assuming that that will change over time.
Any DL380 type server should be fine.
You can expamd by adding a 2nd CPU if needed.

All new servesr will come with WIn 2003 Server in any case.

3 x 160 GB SCI drives as RAID 5 with a 4th as a hot spare should be sufficient, but you can go larger if you need it.

I hope this helps !
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much, SysExpert.

I just have one additional question, please?

I have just bumped the points, I know it means less than helping out but thank you.

The question that i have is, what is the difference between G4 and G5.

Since I received your recommendations, I have googled to try to find out the differences between these Gs 1 - 5  but more importantly, between G4 and G5.

Also, all data on the server will be backed to our SANS box. I am hoping that there will be no compatibility issues between them.

Thanks again
G4 and G5 are the generation differences. Each time a new CPU or motherboard is changed HP bumps the G number up 1.

SO G5 is the newest generation for the DL380.

I hope this helps !

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The G numbers are generation versions.  There are several differences in the G4 and G5 models, but the biggest is that the G5 will also take Quad-core Xeons and has a 1066Mhz FSB vs the G4's 800Mhz FSB (Front side bus).  Here are links to the two:
The G5 is going to give you the option of getting a less expensive Dual-core now and upgrade to a Quad-core later if you need the extra processing power.

As for the SANS, it shouldn't be a problem, but I'd like to clarify something you wrote.  Are you using the SANS for data storage or backup?  If it's for storage, then you can go with a DL360 which is a 1U server that has just two drive slots instead of eight and would be cheaper.

Hope that helps.
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
hi Paul,

I wish I had not closed this thread.You certainly deserved some points for those useful pointers.

Thank you very much.
sammySeltzerAuthor Commented:
I forgot to mention that we are using the SANS for backup.
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