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March 5, 2014 6:44:32 AM

Looking in to replacing/upgrading my current server (specs at the bottom). The server currently hosts our 25 employees data files currently around 1TB. The server is also used for:
Active Directory
DNS
DHCP
File and printer sharing
antivirus
quickbooks

I was thinking about using raid 1 for the OS and programs then use raid 10 for the data files.



PowerEdge T620

*Chassis with up to 8, 3.5" Hard Drives, Tower Configuration [Included in Price].

*Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 2.50GHz, 15M Cache, 7.2GT/s QPI, Turbo, 6C, 95W [Included in Price]

*8GB RDIMM, 1866MT/s, Standard Volt, Dual Rank, x8 Data Width [$169.25] x4

*Windows Server® 2012R2,Standard Ed,Factory Inst,No MED,2SKT,2VM,NO CAL [Included in Price]

*Windows Server® 2012R2, Standard Edition, Media Kit [$1.86]

*Maximum Microsoft OS Partition Override, GPT Enabled [Included in Price]

*5-pack of Windows® Server 2012 User CALs (Standard or Datacenter) [$149.03

*RAID 1+RAID 10 for H710P/H710/H310 (2 + 4-30 HDDs in pairs) [Included in Price]

*PERC H710P Integrated RAID Controller, 1GB NV Cache, Full Height [Included in Price]

*300GB 15K RPM SAS 6Gbps 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive [$325.77] x2

*3TB 7.2K RPM Near-Line SAS 6Gbps 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive [$560.92] x4

*iDRAC7 Express [Included in Price]

*Broadcom 5720 DP 1Gb Network Interface Card [$104.10]

*Single, Hot-plug Power Supply (1+0), 495W [Included in Price]

$8,056.35

What do you think?
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Current server


Operating System
Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server 32-bit SP2
CPU
Intel Xeon
Nocona 90nm Technology
Intel Xeon
Nocona 90nm Technology
RAM
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR @ 166MHz (2.5-3-3-?)
Motherboard
Intel SE7525GP2 (CPU 1)
Graphics
Standard Monitor (1280x1024@42Hz)
ATI video (Intel)
Storage
111GB LSI MegaIDE #00 SCSI Disk Device (SCSI)
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 01FALS-00U9B0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20 EARS-60MVWB0 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)

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March 5, 2014 7:00:06 AM

MEM - No need for DDR3-1866 memory for a file server. Go with something cheaper (if there is anything) that is DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600. Note that officially only DDR3-1333 is supported with the E5-2640.
CPU - If the E5-2630 is available, go with it. The only difference is the clock speed at 2.3GHz instead of 2.5Ghz.
CHASSIS - Dual / redundant power supplies is almost a must. ...says "Single".

...the rest is a business decision you will have to make. RAID1 for the OS and RAID 10 for the data files will be perfectly fine.
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March 5, 2014 8:31:10 AM

sadams04 said:
MEM - No need for DDR3-1866 memory for a file server. Go with something cheaper (if there is anything) that is DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600. Note that officially only DDR3-1333 is supported with the E5-2640.
CPU - If the E5-2630 is available, go with it. The only difference is the clock speed at 2.3GHz instead of 2.5Ghz.
CHASSIS - Dual / redundant power supplies is almost a must. ...says "Single".

...the rest is a business decision you will have to make. RAID1 for the OS and RAID 10 for the data files will be perfectly fine.


Thanks. The ram was the same price for both the 1333 and 1866. Should i change it to 1333 or 1600 instead of the 1866?
I'm going to add the dual power supplies
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