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Server build question

This was my previous question:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/27974790/spec-a-server-to-build.html

what should I look for in a board that makes it a "server" board?  I like the recommendation Choward made, but, we don't need that much of a server.  I would like help in selecting a board and processor for my next server build.  Is anyone up to helping with that?

Max outside users logged into the web page interface at one time is 25.  
Server will run SQL and Exchange
SBS 2008
Will use a second machine for file serving.
Am open to Virtual Machine, but may explore that in another question.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
gmbaxter

Best thing to do is buy a server, rather than build one. Look for an entry level Dell T110 or a HP ML 1 series. These will come with warranty options and can be configured surprisingly cheaply. If your business depends on the server, then get a server you can depend on.
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Prefer to keep this post focused on DIY builds.
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If anyone has suggestions on build components that are purpose built compatibile, please offer. Otherwise, I recommend we delete this question.
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I did offer.
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Thx, gmbaxter. I appreciate the focus on my question.  Can we explore server sizing that is appropriate for my need?  We have 5 users logged on LAN to the SBS 2008 and currently have 1-3 logged on from WAN where those on WAN are only accessing a web page that queries SQL database.  The new server would do the same, but needs to handle up to 25 WAN users where those on WAN are only accessing the web page that queries SQL databse.

I felt dual CPU was overkill from Chowars build in other question.  I think a 300-400.00 CPU is probably sufficient if the OS is on a SSD?  That is my assumption, based on the performace I have expereience with my i7 core desktop example of OS performance.

Mirroring vs RAID.  In a scenario where we can be down for a few minutes or an hour or two, and, where data loss that occurs over a few minutes or even an hour so is inconsequential, is it feasible to use Mirroring instead of RAID?  Mirroring where the OS and apps and data are mirrored onto other drives in a way that we just swap and get back up?
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Also, at a minimal use raid 1. I would suggest looking at a raid 10 if you are looking for performance. SSD's are great, but can be expensive. A couple HD with data 3 in a raid 10 will save u some money and give good performance
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Sorry, I meant sata 3
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