HP server for SBS2011

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Please recommend 1U HP server for SBS2011 as file and Exchange server (no sql, sharepoint), 10 users.
Question by:joyjohn
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    Without no other information I think any of the HP ProLian DL 100 series will be just fine, but you have to consider the following:

    1. Depending on how intensive you will use-it s single processor could not be enough - so even if you start with a "single processor" model make sure you could upgrade it with a send CPU if needed.
    2. For Exchange you shod see this document: Understanding Memory Configurations and Exchange Performance and even if the minimum recommended for multiple roles is 8GB I would recomend 16 GB for a "relaxed configuration" including the "file server" service
    3. For HDD you have to consider the mailbox size you will allow for each client and also the "file server" quota for each user but reserve ar least 70GB for the "system volume".
    Regarding the fact that ususlly in the 1U server you can only add 2 drives, I think the 2 x 2TB SAS drives would be enough.

    So you could choose one from here: HP ProLiant DL100 Series, personally I would go for HP ProLiant DL120 G7 E3-1220 4GB-U 250GB LFF Cold Plug SATA B110i RAID 400W Svr
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    1U, HP... Decent enough to run SBS 2011...

    I'd go for the DL320G6 593499-421, but I'd add a further 6GB Ram (total 12GB), and use a RAID 5 configuration with 4 x 300GB SAS drives (if they do them).

    You'll need to consider backup as you won't fit a tape drive etc into this chassis (as with all 1U devices), but it'll be powerful enough, have enough redundancy (including power) and seems to come with a 3-year warranty as standard.

    Please ensure you check compatibility, configuration etc.  This message should be taken as a guide only.

    Author Comment

    - 1U does allows 4 drives, sounds good with 16GB RAM.
    - not required 2TB space, 500GB should be enough. so should I go for 3 x 500GB RAID 5 OR 4 x 500GB RAID5.
    or 2 x 300GB RAID 1 and 2 x 300GB RAID1

    I will check the review on DL120 and DL320
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    If the server supports 4 drives and you don't want to use too more space from the beginning or you can't "forecast" the space needed in the next 2-3 years, I would suggest using a RAID1 of 2 x 300 GB (or 2 x 500GB) because in this way you'll have a simple way of extending the space later by adding another RAID1 of 2 x N GB when you will need after some time. In RAID5 you can't extend the space without a full backup + replace all drives with bigger ones (recreate the RAID5 array) and then restore the data.

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