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RECOMMENDED SERVERS & PC'S TO BUY TO SUPPORT ALL OS FROM WINDOWS 2003 UPWARDS

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There are various brands of servers out their and obvioulsy PC's, but just wondered if there is a preferred manufacturer that allows install of all OS's, so all I have to do is just install and just download updates as normal,  Im mostly referring to the Server?

Ive been using my 32bit pc's for everything which are of 'Intel' makeup but never installed anything on HP or even Dell although yes I have a Dell P4 32bit which Im using as a learning curve for Win 2008 32bit currently, until I can buy 64bit and continue onto Win 2008R2, SBS etc etc SBS 2011 etc?
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I recomend HP DL360 G4 Servers which are 1U rack servers that you can pick up for around £150 and there 64Bit

Check on Ebay there very cheap and ive had them running from 2003 - 2008R2 64 Bit
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OK!   So im assuming you not really had much problem as Im used to working with out of date 32bit due to cost and having to rebuild, add change stuff update stuff. So although yes a good learning curve it extended time learning Win 2003 for example but got there or at least to create a small LAN for test down to Host pc running on domain, backups, and Outlook 2003 and being able to send/receive emails running GPMC as far as 'Redirection of folder' for eg..

This time round when I get a 64bit I just want to be able to click and it works!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then when learning curve is enough then I dont mind having problems knowing I know how to setup!!!!!!!!!!
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I started a VMhosting centre 4 years ago and started with low cost servers as I had little funds these ran all 32Bit systems but were actually 64bit processors. and then when the application outgrew the server I switched to Dell R415

These servers are cheap and have hot swappable drives, 4Gb Ram and will do your job nicely right back to Windows 2000
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If I remember correctly I used to work in a datacentre but just plugged cables into a 'HP DL360 G4 Servers', although at that time the Engineers for that role did the configurations!  I did sometime ago through away my rack to put servers like 'HP DL360' as primarily work on actual servers and yes less space these type you mention take up!!

I will look now!!
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Yes ive just looked on Ebay and both HP DL360 and hardrives are really cheap!!!!!!!!  I think this will be my next step later on as I have an office full of servers/PC's that take up too much space and using these would be a way of shrinking everything to go through learning curve and then get Servers and pc's for clients for example as presumably most small to medium companies would not really use the 'U' rack types!!!!

All good!!! tar!!!
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You say you started your very own VMhosting centre, so does that mean you hire the space at a datacentre or got your own Datacentre or office to run this?

Just curious!!!
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I purchased 1 42 Rack at a data centre 4 years ago and launched support on the spot

I filled it with HP DL360 G4 and a SCSI Array

Today that grew to 2 racks in different data centres running Dell R415 2 x 8 Core Processors and 32GB Ram each one connected to around 50TB of ISCSI storage and I now offer small cloud business cloud solutions. all rented space in datacentres but all my own equipment.
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uuuummm Yes I understand '42 rack' plenty of space for new opportunities!!

I will look at you 'website', Im trying to go it alone but afraid as only one man, but want to off small to medium businesses Win 2008 for eg using SBS...  Worried about if I can do it by myself and then at a later date look to employ but as there is no cash I dont feel confident enough to do it yet!!

Ive supported 55 sainsbury stores at LAN level 10 years ago for over 2 years, and moved onto 2 datacentre but more at the Switch level and some routing during this time passed done my CCNA, and CCNP recently and got own equipment, so thats where I am!!

Not sure where to go to get proper IT advice for someone like me as it appears the advice is for Plumbers, Electricians rather than IT related!

Ok I will close this thread now and thanks for the advice you've give me a boost also!!
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Ive gained some other experience with Cap Gemini, 02, EDS, Norwich Union, Cable & Wireless but trying to fill these gaps I see of mine to boost knowledge practically and then get the confidence to do what you've done!
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Ok understood Ive read the 'Alert'!!!
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I know but still!!
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Sound advice!!!
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