I'm planning out a new server for a client & have some questions about design.
The network consists of a server, 12 workstations onsite, & 2 workstations offsite.
2 of the workstations do autocad\inventor drafting & design. The rest use it mainly as a file server as well as to use an Access Database.
First, I am wondering about the drives to stick in the server.
I am wanting to give the Autocad Users the best performance possible (within reason or within $1000 for this purpose) I am wondering about putting the Autocad files on a separate drive or drives within the server so that the drive(s) only ever have to read their files. I am wondering about either 15000RPM SAS drive(s) in either RAID-1 or RAID-5 or SSD drive(s).
Second, I am wondering about improving network performance to their stations.
The network is gigabit. 1 User is within 20 feet of the server. The other one is within 35 feet of the server if there is anyway to improve performance through alternative networking arrangements.