Solved

RDS server and File Server question

Posted on 2016-07-26
15
58 Views
Last Modified: 2016-08-22
hi, i have installed a virtual environment for a customer.

i installed;

2x AD Controllers (windows server 2012)
1x SQL Server ( SQL Web 2014)
2x RDS Server ( windows server 2012)
1x File Server (windows server 2012)

questions:

1. my customer has 35 users connecting to that RDS server for working in office and small sql database use. Do i need 2 RDS servers and use load balancing?

2. if i do load balancing then i use "user profile disks"? and where do i place this disks?
3. my customer needs a file server. i installed a regular windows server to use a file host. is this ok or do i best install some kind of nas? and what to use then?

thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:Rik Van Lier
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • +1
15 Comments
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
robocat earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
ID: 41731060
1. it's hard to say how many RDS servers you need for any number of users. It all depends on the load these users generate and this may vary on the applications and usage patterns. But 2 (with load balancing) is probably better than one, even for only 35 users.

2. user profile disks live on a network share on your file server.

3. again, it all depends on how heavy duty the file server needs to be to satisfy the users. You don't specify which hardware you use for the virtual environment, but if the host server(s) has sufficient I/O resources, then a virtual file server can probably suffice.
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:Aaron Tomosky
ID: 41731185
How many of those 35 users will be in rds at the same time? Full desktops or remote apps?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41731267
there will be 35 users connected and full desktops.
0
Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

 
LVL 39

Assisted Solution

by:Aaron Tomosky
Aaron Tomosky earned 125 total points (awarded by participants)
ID: 41731280
When will os updates, patching, app updates and installs happen? I generally prefer a gateway server and two session hosts just so I can move users to one, update and patch the other, then move users back. It also allows you to run one session host on different hardware if you do need more resources.
0
 
LVL 39

Assisted Solution

by:Philip Elder
Philip Elder earned 125 total points (awarded by participants)
ID: 41731529
Is this one Hyper-V or VMware host? If yes, then why two DC VMs?

Answers:
1: That depends on the apps running on the VM and the underlying hardware driving the VM (CPU, RAM, and hard disk). As a rule, we would deploy one Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) with all roles set up.

2: UPDs would go on a network Windows file server. You could set up two RDSH VMs dedicated to each subset of users (security group filtering) to eliminate the need to configure a farm (broker).

3: Set up a Windows Server VM with the File Services and Resource Management Roles and Features. It's our preference to only deliver files via a Windows based file server. Volume Shadow Copies is a key reason for recovering files/folders by the user, another is permission sets are simpler to manage, and we can have auditing if need-be.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41731542
Philip Elder,

we setup 2 DC controller just to make sure. If one goes down then no user can logon unless its recovered. like this the users always can logon.

i have for each rds server 32GB ram, 8 vCPU @2.9Ghz and 4 1GB's lan's.

usage will be: internet, office, small sql usage on a accountancy program.
users will connect from 12 different locations in one country.
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:robocat
ID: 41732434
You should definitely have 2 DC.

What is the underlying hardware infrastructure? Hyper-V or VMWare?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41732466
robocat, we are running on vmware esx 6
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:robocat
ID: 41732875
And what are the specs for the underlying hardware?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41732880
i have for each rds server 32GB ram, 8 vCPU @2.9Ghz and 4 1GB's lan's.
RDS is running on 15k SAS hard drives
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:robocat
ID: 41732898
8 vCPU means that you're describing the virtual machine specs.  I'd like to know the specs of the underlying hardware.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41732904
OK HP Server G7
Xeon X5560 2x 2.8Ghz
128GB RAM installed
8x SAS 15K 600GB P410 Controller
8x SSD 512GB P420 Controller
0
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:robocat
robocat earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
ID: 41732937
OK, based on that:

- do not allocate more than 4 vCPU for each RDS. More is not always beter and in this case it might even hurt performance.
- you should have plenty of IOPS from the disks, and a virtual fileserver should be just fine.

As things are virtual, you can always make changes to the setup after you get feedback from the users.

groetjes, robocat.
1
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Rik Van Lier
ID: 41755244
Sorry for the waiting! had a few days holiday! installation is succesfull
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:Aaron Tomosky
ID: 41757594
Good advice given
0

Featured Post

What Is Transaction Monitoring and who needs it?

Synthetic Transaction Monitoring that you need for the day to day, which ensures your business website keeps running optimally, and that there is no downtime to impact your customer experience.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

You might have come across a situation when you have Exchange 2013 server in two different sites (Production and DR). After adding the Database copy in ECP console it displays Database copy status unknown for the DR exchange server. Issue is strange…
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Boot Corrector from Paragon Rescue Kit Free to identify and fix the boot problems of Windows 7/8/2012R2 etc. As an example is used Windows 2012R2 which lost its active partition flag (often happen…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of configuring their Windows Server 2012 domain controller to synchronize its time with a trusted, external resource. Use Google, Bing, or other preferred search engine to locate trusted NTP …

696 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question