Re: Building first time server system
From: TN Don (TN_Don_at_discussions.microsoft.com.)
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 15:07:04 -0800
Thanks, we are in USA TN. We have a maxtor One touch large HD for backup now.
Looks like a separate box is required. good info on Ram. looking for
solution under $2000 as much as poessible.
"SuperGumby [SBS MVP]" wrote:
> First thing I expect you're not going to like is "A Server is NOT a
> WorkStation". By this I mean you want a dedicated box to act as server for
> the network, noone uses this as their ws.
> For your (eventual) 5 users you may get away with 512MB RAM but the system
> will show much improved performance at 1GB. With the price of RAM (being not
> too extravagant) it's possibly worthwhile to think about 2GB from the start.
> I believe 2GB is SBS's 'sweet spot' for RAM amount but I'm willing to
> concede that larger (>35?) networks may require more. RAM will also depend
> on intensity of Exchange and SQL usage as well as LOB applications which may
> be installed on the SBS.
> Though I prefer to have the server in a dedicated area, away from users,
> this is not always possible. Using a simple KVM switch to share mouse, KB,
> screen with a nearby workstation is viable. You'll need to kick that user
> off the WS in order to work at the server but then much administration can
> also be done via a remote console.
> Three items you don't mention, backup, RAID and UPS. I believe all three are
> essential for servers.
> re cost. Where are you? US computer prices are significantly lower than AU
> prices even after accounting for dollar rates. I have no idea of pricing in
> I believe SBS would be a suitable and valuable addition to your office.
> "TN Don" <TN_Don@discussions.microsoft.com.> wrote in message
> > We have 3 computer wirelessly networked with 801.11g using wind XP Pro.
> > all
> > three computer has 2.8ghz with 512 Ram and large HD drives.
> > Would like to have a central server that would do the following: central
> > DB,
> > xls, word etc. But most important to have central Outlook capability for
> > all
> > computers to access, change and read all email, contacts, tasks etc.
> > I understand SBS 2003 will do this? Can I use a current computer to be
> > server and workstation?
> > If not what do I need in a server computer..specs, do I nee a full
> > monitor,
> > keyboard, etc
> > Can a workstation be network administrator.
> > What is approximate cost for a system.
> > I have conflicting info on what I need.
> > Expansion to 5 workstations is expected.
> > --
> > Thanks to all who offer help. TN DON