Please recommend servers

By morland
Nov 29, 2009
  1. Hello,

    One of my friends wishes to purchase servers and his requirements are as follows. Can someone please recommend a HP server along with exact model and details specifications including URL which can help him select. Details available are:

    Server #1: To be used as the main server for DNS, DHCP, and MS-Exchange server

    Server #2: Will be used an a application server

    Questions/more available information:
    1) He wishes to have raid 3 or raid 5 for server # 2
    2) How much total hard disk should be ok for each server
    3) what should be the min. RAM for each server
    4) He wishes to have internal tape back-up unit for server #2

  2. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 216

    He will have success with any computer sold as a Server. But he will likely have to install the extra RAID drives. Servers do not need a lot of Ram. You can get by with 512MB on up.
    Internal tape back up is a separate unit you buy and install after market, but some servers come with them installed.
    Installing and running servers is not rocket science, but it is difficult compared to a regular computer, and requires some reading and study, or experience on another server.

    There are plenty of good books on Servers available on Amazon and a variety of good book stores... or from better libraries. You do not need the most recent book, but one that references Windows Server 2003 would be a good choice.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    humm >>Servers do not need a lot of Ram. You can get by with 512MB on up.

    Quite the contrary *IF* there is a decent server 'hit rate'. The higher the concurrent processing, the more benefit from large ram. Servers typically run 2-3GB on 32bit systems.

    Heck, most of us with Client systems (even laptop users) are now running with at least 1gb.
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