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Posted on 2011-03-24
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Our company is looking to move over to a TS environment.
I have been tasked to come up with a solution so all our employees can operate via TS. We have a few admin staff which I think is the easiest to get up and going, but I'm having a few doubts about our Engineers who use CAD like applications which require high end systems.

With that being said I need to design a TS Server that would be able to provide the required performance the Engineers need; so a server that has high CPU power, high memory and then of course high end graphics.

I have been playing with some ideas on what could possibly be the TS server but don't want to sit with a performance hassle 6 months down the line.
Possible Server Spec:

2x Intel Xeon 5690 3.42GHz
Intel Workstation Board S5520SCR
2x Intel X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drive - 160GB (RAID 1)
12x 8GB DDR3 1333 RAM (96GB total)
Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter (Fiber)
2x ATI AMD FirePro V8800 (2GB RAM each, 4GB total) in CrossFire config

What do you guys think? Would this provide a stable high performance platform to support 60 users 30 of them being engineers?

What other solutions do you suggest? Oh, please be aware that this would have to run on a Windows environment.
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if its a TS server it does not need graphics cards as its all OS generated video
think about two machines rather than all eggs in one basket solution
personally think the amount of ram you are looking at is overkill for the amount of users you have, but it all depends on the apps they are using.

dual proc CPU
16-32G per server (to start with)
low end passive cooled graphics card, stability over performance, matrox M series etc
mabey shared storage if you go down the route of two servers
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we currently have 2 servers in place, one mail, one data, so this new server would be purely to handle the TS sessions, I'll be configuring it so no data gets saved on the user profiles.

I'm a bit concerned about the AutoCAD applications; the AutoCAD Civil 3D is very memory and graphics intense.

In this type of scenario would the graphics be processed on the server or on the user side, bare in mind that we would move all users onto thin clients as well.
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AutoCAD in TS, google it there are lots of issues as OpenGL is not supported on RDP, most cad progs use OpenGL
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Thanks all
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