Windows 2003 centralizing servers and Bandwidth provisioning
Posted on 2008-06-10
Here's our situation. We have a central site that has about 60 users running Autodesk (primarily) as well as two satellite locations of about 15 users each. Each site has their own Windows 2003 Server modelled under a single domain utilizing a VPN connection under public internet connections.
The existing VPN throughput is about 600kb/s as measured with just transferring files from server to server. Each server has about 200Gigs of project drawings. To run DFS was a dismail failure due to the large sizes of files, as well as the large number of transactions that autodesk and Xrefs to other files produces.
Sr management has asked that we investigate the idea of amalgamating all servers in a central location due to some other issues coming down the line - such as the sattiltes locations collaborating on the same projects and requireing access ot the same autodesk drawings.
Sr management has pulled in a Telecom company that is only too happy to provide all sorts of bandwith for this to happen, and in fact has gone ahead and ordered fibre optic lines to be installed to each location. This will be off the public internet and onto a managed set of circuits.
Out job is to tell the Telecom Company what speed they need to provision the fibre at. The only think I can figure out on how to do this, is to monitor, and record the network activity on each of the respective server 2003 servers, but don't know what to use.
I would appreciate any thoughts on how to do this.