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I am looking to buy a server that can run multiple applications. At the moment that would be Active Directory, File and Print Services, and maybe SQL for about 3000 employees. I am interested in HP. I was looking at the DL380 as a candidate. Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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for about 3000 employees?
One file server isn't going to cut it for that work load.

I'd look at the hyperconverged stuff from Dell HP and Lenovo.

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/poweredge-vrtx/pd?ref=PD_OC
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Not big on Dell. What is hyperconverged?
Switches ,multiple cpu cards,raid controllers and SAN in one upgradeable chassis.

My approach would be Hyper V host with VM's consisting of file and print ,SQL and AD.

I've seen the Dells in one on one demo's at their campus in San Jose.
Very nice and easy to work with.

HP has a similar model as does Lenovo.
My issues with HPE are warranty and on shore tech support.
Dell has been OK ,but has begun to suck too in that if you do not have a service contract ,they won't talk to you.
That leaves Lenovo and my experiences have been spotty with their commercial stuff.
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I got ya. Is this is like a blade server?
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010
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It's a buzzword for a smaller version of a blade enclosure. Info for HP's version is here
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator
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We installed a Dell Poweredge VRTX system last year with 2 blades and we run a nice ESXi cluster on it. It replaced what used to be a san and 3 Dl380G7 servers ( we moved the old set to our real time DR system...)  It runs like a bomb, and just keeps ticking
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A fileserver and a SQL server doesn't need anything fancy, just some servers. The only advantage of a hyperconverged system is that you can manage it from a single pane of glass but the question doesn't imply a dynamically changing system that needs such management. You just need a couple of AD servers for logins plus a big fileserver/NAS. You may want to look at something like a NetApp Filer for the fileserver/NAS, then you can use it as a SAN as well as a fileserver. SQL for 3000 users depends so much on what they are going to do with it that it's impossible to estimate, you need a whole bunch of parameters such as no of queries per minute that you can put into a sizer.
Professional opinion on NetApp and HP is not very high.

Both companies without some sort of current service contract limit your access to manuals and patches.

My latest experience with HP is one of utter contempt.

I have a lifetime warranty switch that I had to send in a picture of the SN and now I've got to go back through 7 years of receipts which are in storage for proof of purchase.

Netgear and 3Com was ,oh it's broken ,we'll cross ship over night,no hassle.

Meg Whitman should be managing her company and not worrying about Donald Trump.

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