Server motherboard and processor recommendations for SBS 2011
Posted on 2014-03-10
I have been tasked to build a new server to to support SBS 2011 Standard. The install will have about 25 users. The install is pretty straightforward with exchange, my documents redirection to the server, a couple of shared folders, symantec mail security and client management. Their primary lob app is called Elliot 7 and utilizes a Pervasive 10 PSQL database. The server will also run DNS, DHCP, AD, Print Sharing, and all of the other wonders of SBS 2011 including the health and user reporting.
In the past, I have always used a dual socket xeon MB, but I am not up to date on what the best practices are or the pros and cons of the various motherboards out there and the various Xeon and other processors. I would not want to buy a package today if the next generation of processors is coming out next week or something.
The budget is important, but this client likes to use their machines for some time and I want to deploy a powerful solution. That said, if one processor with 12 cores is twice as much as a 10 core processor in the same family, I would ask for reasonable justification for the expenditure.
This question will be considered answered by a post that lays down a very brief state of the market for the processors and motherboards and makes some suggestions (if you have a favorite distributor, I would appreciate a link to the products as well.)
Information that is not required, but appreciated is any other hardware recommendations for SBS 2011. For example, using SSDs for the OS instead of traditional drives. I usually just mirror a set of drives with an OS partition and DATA partition, but would be interested in any info that is working well for people.
Thank you very much for your time and I hope this post helps others that are searching for current info.