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Improving File Storage Performance in New Windows Server

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.
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EmanhanCommented:
SSD will always be your fastest choice but not sure if I would use SSD on a server due to write endurance. I would prefer fast 15K drive SAS. I know AutoCad files can be a HOG  especially if they use apps like SolidWorks. Perhaps for those workstations best possible performance will be fast workstation with local data and replicate the date to the server? As for network 1 gb is more than enough.
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Kevin HaysIT AnalystCommented:
I would agree on the 15k SAS drives in a server instead of SSD.  You could even put it in a raid 10 also.  
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
Am I right in thinking that it may be beneficial to have separate drives for the Autocad Users?
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JordanlcnCommented:
If you really want to store their work in the server rather than their own workstations then thats the best bet.  Since its Autocad .  As per suggested by kshays: go with raid 10.  Raid 5 is not ideal for write intensive programs.

and to agree with the Emanhan:

1 gb on both the workstations and server should be enough.
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MJCSAuthor Commented:
Going to be working on this int he next couple of weeks
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