Hardware Specifications for Server 2012 Running RDS
Posted on 2013-01-14
I need to configure and implement a server for one of our clients to allow them to run up to 10 simultaneous RDS connections to the server, and need to know what we should use as a base for the server and OS.
There are 8 people working remotely, 2 internally, and they have an OK internet connection (6Mbs). They mostly use MS Office and Corel Apps, nothing very demanding, and their current server (8 years old, Server 2003) is just the domain controller and file server. Right now, the remote users connect via VPN, copy files to their local machine, work on them, then upload the updated file back to the server. Very time intensive and a lot of lost productivity.
They would like their remote users to be able to be more productive, so we figured since the server needs to be replaced anyway, that we would move them to a new server running some flavor of either Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012, and have them all work remotely via RDS sessions.
The question is, what version of Server OS should they use, and what type of hardware configuration do we need for the server (CPU(s), RAM, etc.?). They are very partial to Dell equipment, and while I have a call in to their staff to help us with this, I thought it best to get some impartial advice. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.