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Server/Application Structure

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Last Modified: 2010-03-17
Currently, our company has one (1) whole server. We're obviously a small company - around 30ish employees.

It currently is running the following:

AD/DNS/WINS
IIS
Exchange
SQL 2000
Solomon (financials)

Its starting to get way overloaded, so I'm looking to purchase a new server(s). What would you suggest is the best configuration/server structure? Lets say we could only purchase 1 server for now. How would you suggest we divide up the applications? IIS/SQL/Solomon and AD/DNS/WINS/Exchange?

Ideally, I'd like to have each on its own box. But realistically, thats just not going to happen ($$). So I have to make do w/ what I can...

Thanks!
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You have the right idea already. Split them up with the idea of one being a network management server and one being an application server. The one that seems a bit iffy is the IIS. It would depend on what you use it for as to where it would be better. If you are just using it for a standard web page then i would keep it with your AD/DNS... server and just move your SQL and application to the new box. If the web page is tied to your sql server and solomon i might consider moving it there. Remember that if you have Small business server you will need to buy server 2003 as you cannot have two sbs servers on the same network.

I know you said $ are tight but that means different things for different folks. You might want to look into VMWare as it is an easy way to get more milage out of a single server.

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Thanks for your quick response.

The IIS is used for an intranet site (web application that interacts w/ SQL) and for OWA.

Will I need to purchase new CALs for Server 2003? Or are my SBS ones still valid?

Also, do you have any links or info regarding VMWare. I know of it, and how it works - but I don't know anything about the hardware/software/configuration involved with it.

Thanks!

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So the dilema there will be whether it will be easier  to reconfigure the OWA or the interaction with the SQL and application. I would think i would leave the IIS where it is. That means you will have to do some work with SQL and the application but the intranet site and OWA will not require any or much work.
Your cals will work fine, no need to purchase any more.
The best advice for harware for vnware is to go to the vendors site that you use. IBM, Dell, HP all have info on their sites and recomendations for their harware that supports VMWare. I would follow their recomendations because if you buy a server that has not been tested and recomended by them they will give you a hard time if you need support.

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Thanks for your help!
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