Optimizing our Server 2011 Standard
Posted on 2012-03-29
I have the following setup.
1 PowerEdge T410 Server
Windows SBS 2011 x64 OS
4 500G RAID 5 7200 RPM Drives
8G DDR3 8500 RAM (upgrading to 16G soon)
1 XEON Dual Core Processor at 1.86GHz
Had I investigated further and found out it was only dual core, I would have opted for a second processor or a single quad-core. I have the ability to add another processor and I have 4 banks left open for RAM.
Dual Gigabit LAN PCI-e
2 Standard gigabit switches (Not smart switches)
Every user had a gigabit port
I have high processor utilization as well as memory utilization on the task manager. Processor utilization varies. Memory nearly stays at 6.5G of the 8G total. Exchange is taking up 1.8G of that. I've heard if the system needs it, Exchange will give it back to the system.
Here's what we do with it.
I have 16 users always connected:
1. All users documents and desktop items are redirected to the server.
2. We host our own email.
3. We have a companyweb calendar.
4. 4 users use Peachtree Accounting and it is always running on at least one of their machines. Most of the time, at least 3 are running.Database file size is less than 80 megs last time I checked.
5. 2 Remote users who only check email and access the share drive VERY rarely because it is so slow. Unfortunately, we have poor Internet service upload speed in our old business park. 300K is about our max. So, that kinda kills that idea. It's a wonder they can get email. Another ISP is coming in FINALLY and we'll have a 15M X 2M. This will help.
6. Some users may store large CAD and Revit drawings on the server and access them directly. I think the largest one is 135Megs.
SO....finally, my suggestions to myself and questions to you all.
I was thinking about getting an additional processor for the system to meet the SBS 2011 Standard requirements. I'm surprised it installed without throwing up some type of flag saying it didn't meet minimum requirements. Get it from Dell so as to not have to worry about it coming from a different manufacturer's site. I heard that you just can't go out and get a matching processor. It has to come from the same factory or something. Maybe that's bull. I'm not sure.
Upgrading to a total of 16G RAM
As I am only using one Ethernet port, bridging the two to push more data into the network more efficiently. (THIS IS WHERE I NEED HELP) How do I do it and will I benefit from it?
What am I missing?