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IBM System X3850 M2

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Hi!
     We're planing on geting new server and I'm thiinking of IBM X3850 M2.  The server will be used as a Domain Server.  It will be running on Window 2003 or 2008 server.  I'm just wondering if this the server to go or should I look for someting else.  

Your input is greatly appreciated

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Question by:Victor_Torres
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by:Ian Meredith
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Hi Victor Torres,

That is a pretty powerful system.  You have mentioned using it as a Domain Server (I take it you mean Domain Controller).  It will very happily do that without breaking a sweat.  Do you have any other plans for it? For most of the time, it will be underutilised.

If all you want to run is a Windows Domain Controller (inc file/print) then you could easily make do with a lesser spec'd system (cheaper $$).

Hope this helps,
Ian
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by:Victor_Torres
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Yes I plan on using it as a domain controller.  It will handle active directory, DNS, DHCP, file server and hopefully vertual server.  Is this machine overkill ? thanks
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Ian Meredith earned 500 total points
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Hi again,

If you were only going to use it for Active Directory and associated services (dns, dhcp) and as a file server I would suggest something like a IBM x3250 M2.  
Seeing you have also mentioned Virtual Servers.... If you plan to host multiple Windows Servers running on VMware Server then I would recommend a system just like the x3850 M2, lots of processor, ram and disk capacity.  Just what you need when virtualising multiple servers....

Cheers,
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Glad to help Victor. Thanks for the points.
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