Re: Need Ideas For A New Server, Long Post

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Jerry, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    You might want to check this site out about the SATA drives

    http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/products/story/0,24330,3485251,00.html


    "Yummy" <> wrote in message
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    > I have been building new desktop PC's for years, but I have always
    > bought servers from Dell, Compaq, etc. I no longer wan't to give Dell
    > or HP a cut of the action, so I want to build them myself.
    >
    > I need some recommendations on hardware, such as serverboard
    > preference, proc., etc. Below is what I think I need, please post
    > ideas.
    >
    > Current Specs:
    >
    > 6 Users now, will grow to 11 within 2-3 yrs (an insurance agency)
    > Current server is a Gateway P2 400 single w/128 meg PC100 ECC Ram, (1)
    > 8 gig SCSI HD running SBS 4.5 (yikes!), travan tape backup, UPS, ext
    > 56k modem for faxes
    > The server is used as a workstation in emergencies (I told them not to
    > do that) ***This server is as slow as molasses, they know its a
    > problem)
    >
    > Client PC's are a mix of W98/2K/XP
    >
    > No DSL, only have ISDN avail.
    > Even though they have exch., they use web-based e-mail instead.
    > Multi-line ins. agency that uses online apps from underwriters such as
    > Allstate, Progressive. Other apps that are proprietary to their
    > companies are client/server, some are 16-bit.
    >
    > The server is approx 4 years old, and was supposed to be replaced in
    > December. However, forced software upgrades are having to move it up
    > to the end of August.
    >
    > What they need and I want them to have (my opinion):
    >
    > Single Xeon proc, 2.1ghz range and up
    >
    > Intel or Supermicro serverboard. I can't seem to find a Intel Xeon
    > single proc board. Are Tyans or Gigabytes any good?
    >
    > 1 gig of DDR ECC ram.
    >
    > Onboard AGP video, at least 8 megs worth
    >
    > Adaptec Onboard SCSI U120 or U320
    >
    > Support for RAID 5, prefer Adaptec
    >
    > SCSI HD's, prefer 30gb and larger, hot swappable. HS would be nice,
    > but not mandatory.
    > ***Any ideas on using SATA or IDE RAID instead?***
    >
    > ATX or EXTATX case, I like the Intel SC5250-E black case, 400w PS or
    > better, redundancy not necc. Rackmount is not an option. They also
    > specified the case must be black.
    >
    > (1) Intel 10/100 server adapter (onboard) and (1) Intel 10/100/1000
    > server adapter (onboard or add-on)
    >
    > USB front/back/2 serial/1 LPT/No SND
    >
    > 20gb and greater DDS tape drive
    >
    > IDE CD-ROM
    >
    > Floppy
    >
    > Standard keyboard/mouse
    >
    > I want to implement NAS for file sharing, etc., if costs aren't out of
    > line.
    >
    > Windows Server 2003 or the new SBS 2003 (I don't think SBS has been
    > released yet) Yes, I know I will need to dump the 98 OS, that's been
    > discussed.
    >
    > Anything I missed?
    >
    >
    > BTW, they don't want to spend more than $5,000.
    >
    > Thanks in adv.
    >
    > Dave
     
    Jerry, Jul 26, 2003
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