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some advice for Terminal server (Remote Desktop) hardware

Posted on 2013-06-11
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Hello All,
We are ordering new servers for our Terminal Server farm. I have some questions and would like some advice.

We will be keeping these servers in our colo and while I wanted to try and get 4 physical servers I may need to consolidate them down to two beefier servers due to rack space. These two servers I have configured with:

2 Intel Xeon 2450 2.10Ghz 8 core
128GB RAM
6 x 600GB 15K HDDs (thinking of RAID10)

My questions are:
Should i leave these two servers AS-IS or should i install VMWare or Hyper-V to split these two into maybe 4 VM's (two on each server)?

We have 105 people who will be using the servers with perhaps 15% growth this year. They run very heavy excel macros. I've seen some excel sheets taking 400MB+, and each user could have several open at a time.

I'm not sure if any whitepapers exist that will explain performance, amount of users, etc. We have current servers in a farm to help load balance. However, they are reaching a limit on resources with the current servers.

I need to be able to get as much performance as possible with these servers.
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I would suggest you to review the capacity planning guideline from Microsoft here is the link to download the word document,

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/confirmation.aspx?id=17190

This will help you decide the optimum  number of server with best configuration for your user load.
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