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Advice, comments, concerns, etc. are all appreciated. I've built numerous workstations before but I am not sure about the ins and outs of server components. Please let me know if their are any compatibility issues or if you have any suggestions on how I can improve this setup:



This server will be used as a database server for a dental office. The network will consist of 10 workstations that will be constantly accessing and making changes to the database.

Also, Is it more of a hassle doing a RAID configuration with SSDs as apposed to HDDs with Server 2012? My HDD option would probably be a RAID 10 with four 1 TB drives.
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    I've been running a raid0 SSD array for over a year without issues.

    The main problems as I see it is that there's no redundancy for the array and you don't mention a backup scheme. Raid is never a substitute for a backup.
    If the drives hiccup and the array goes down, how comfortable are they with losing the database if it cant be recovered?

    At a minimum I would add 1 more drive and do a raid 5 but ideally a 4 drive raid10 is what I would shoot for myself.

    Don't forget a UPS for it, enough juice to get the server thru a shutdown should the power fail.
  2. You should post it in this section

    I can't help you with it because I know nothing at all about servers but people over in that section might be able to.
  3. Mattib 050 said:
    You should post it in this section

    I can't help you with it because I know nothing at all about servers but people over in that section might be able to.


    Thanks I'll be sure to post there in the future.
  4. popatim said:
    I've been running a raid0 SSD array for over a year without issues.

    The main problems as I see it is that there's no redundancy for the array and you don't mention a backup scheme. Raid is never a substitute for a backup.
    If the drives hiccup and the array goes down, how comfortable are they with losing the database if it cant be recovered?

    At a minimum I would add 1 more drive and do a raid 5 but ideally a 4 drive raid10 is what I would shoot for myself.

    Don't forget a UPS for it, enough juice to get the server thru a shutdown should the power fail.


    Thanks for the info, I think I'm going to go with the 4 drive raid 10. I can't justify nearly $1300 for a raid 5 ssd setup. I also don't think it would be much of an improvement in speed over the hdd raid 10 (especially with the write speed loss in the raid 5 due to parity calculation). With the raid 0, I was planning on having a daily backup to an external drive (sorry I forgot to mention it above) but I like the idea of having a mirror to boot from right away if a drive fails rather than restoring a backup or recreating a drive from parity.
  5. Plus you wont lose the day's worth of inputs. :-)
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