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SERVER FOR A LAW FIRM

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March 10, 2012 7:52:18 PM

Hey guys,

I wanted to build a server for a law firm which will have basically 3 workstations.

I wanted some advice on the hardware like is it good to use a 2500k processor and a similar consumer motherboard instead of a xeon and server grade hardware as the server will only be used for internet, file sharing, applications and printing.

Let me know
Thanks :) 

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March 10, 2012 7:57:43 PM

Hi :) 

You have got to be kidding , right??

You are building a system for a LEGAL company and dont know what you should be using (server by the way)

What are you going to do when they take YOU to court when it all goes wrong ??

You will be paying for the rest of your life.....avoid...

All the best Brett :) 
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March 10, 2012 8:02:20 PM

Thanks for the unhelpful reply i own the office so please just reply if gotcan answer thank you.
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March 10, 2012 8:04:45 PM

You shouldn't consider regular consumer hardware no matter how fast it is when reliability becomes top priority. So go with Xeon and use ECC ram.
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March 10, 2012 8:11:20 PM

See now thats a good advise thanks nforce so just the reliability is the root i suppose...its totally compatible tho right? Its just not recommended...
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March 10, 2012 8:20:47 PM

sniper26 said:
Thanks for the unhelpful reply i own the office so please just reply if gotcan answer thank you.



Hi :) 

You do NOT own the office..lawyers CAN spell and have a lot better grammar than you do....

My company supplies servers to several law firms in the UK...

All the best Brett :) 
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March 10, 2012 9:56:33 PM

^+10

What is your budget for the server?
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March 10, 2012 10:01:16 PM

What software will you be using?
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March 10, 2012 10:03:07 PM

Server 2008
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March 10, 2012 10:05:50 PM

Hm I don't know if you can get a server for 600. For A server to run windows server 2008 you are looking at a budget of $1000+
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March 10, 2012 10:08:34 PM

Ok whats the specs do you recomnend keeping in mind only using it for running applications, file sharing and printing...
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March 10, 2012 10:12:00 PM

Is it going to be a rack mounted server? What is the form factor of the server?
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March 10, 2012 10:20:09 PM

sniper26 said:
600$


Tell them to look a little deeper in their coffers! Most people can't even build a desktop for $600 let alone one that is going to be responsible for maintaining fault tolerance. That is unless they are backing everything up to their IOmega Zip Drive from the mid 90's they still have lying around... lol

More than likely your going to be shopping around in the refurb-department of the web.

Get something that has RAID-1 support for the drives so you don't lose any data. That is unless your old refurb you purchase has a mobo malfunction, cpu failure, memory failure, or anything else that someone of your expertise wouldn't be able to fix.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=hp+serve...
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March 10, 2012 10:42:09 PM

amuffin said:
Is it going to be a rack mounted server? What is the form factor of the server?

Tower Server...
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March 11, 2012 12:44:28 AM

sniper26 said:
HEY GUYS,

I WANTED TO BUILD A SERVER FOR A LAW FIRM WHICH WILL HAVE BASICALLY 3 WORKSTATIONS.

I WANTED SOME ADVICE ON THE HARDWARE LIKE IS IT GOOD TO USE A 2500K PROCESSOR AND A SIMILAR CONSUMER MOTHERBOARD INSTEAD OF A XEON AND SERVER GRADE HARDWARE AS THE SERVER WILL ONLY BE USED FOR INTERNET, FILE SHARING, APPLICATIONS AND PRINTING.

LET ME KNOW
THANKS :) 



Sniper,

Been there done that: worked a solo practice for 15 years until I got a government job. Now I can indulge my hobby of building rigs. I have a great gamer: i5 2500K, ZSRock Extreme6 mobo, 16 GB of 2133 RAM, SSD, 3 HDDs (320 GB, 640, GB & 3 TB) 2 X GTX 470 in SLI, 950W PCP&C PSU, Corsair 600T case, Asus 24' display, etc. & a good home server: i3 2105, Biostar H67, 16 GB 1333 RAM, 4 HDDs (2X 1.5 TB & 2X 2 TB), Corsair 650W TX PSU, & Lian Li Lancool case.


Want you want is a decent server like my server. i3 2105 @ $135, H67 mobo @ $70, 4-8 GB Ram 1333 @ $25-$50, decent case @ $60, 500W PSU @ $60, and hard drives. I figure you can get the above for about $350 if you shop the bargains at Newegg or Techbargains.com. HDDs are a problem because of the increased prices and what you need. You could start with a 1-2 TB HDD and go from there. A 1.5 TB HDD can be had for $120. You still need software, and I advise Windows Home Server 2011 for $50. If you need more you could get Windows Small Business Server @ $270.

If you want further help message me directly.
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March 11, 2012 12:57:18 AM

If by "file sharing" you mean that the server will be storing important files used by all workstations, then there is one thing you should consider above all else: Backup, backup, backup.
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March 11, 2012 1:16:12 AM

chesteracorgi said:
Sniper,

Been there done that: worked a solo practice for 15 years until I got a government job. Now I can indulge my hobby of building rigs. I have a great gamer: i5 2500K, ZSRock Extreme6 mobo, 16 GB of 2133 RAM, SSD, 3 HDDs (320 GB, 640, GB & 3 TB) 2 X GTX 470 in SLI, 950W PCP&C PSU, Corsair 600T case, Asus 24' display, etc. & a good home server: i3 2105, Biostar H67, 16 GB 1333 RAM, 4 HDDs (2X 1.5 TB & 2X 2 TB), Corsair 650W TX PSU, & Lian Li Lancool case.


Want you want is a decent server like my server. i3 2105 @ $135, H67 mobo @ $70, 4-8 GB Ram 1333 @ $25-$50, decent case @ $60, 500W PSU @ $60, and hard drives. I figure you can get the above for about $350 if you shop the bargains at Newegg or Techbargains.com. HDDs are a problem because of the increased prices and what you need. You could start with a 1-2 TB HDD and go from there. A 1.5 TB HDD can be had for $120. You still need software, and I advise Windows Home Server 2011 for $50. If you need more you could get Windows Small Business Server @ $270.

If you want further help message me directly.

So that configuation would do what i want it to do with no problems i supposee?
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March 11, 2012 3:10:31 AM

Yep, and you could boost the RAM (with the right mobo) to run a Virtual Machine or macnines for other purposes. But I would't suggest using the server as an internet station: too open for security concerns. Use the work stations for internet access and browsing (you also don't need a monitor or keyboard or mouse as you will access the server through a workstation0. And I think that WHS 2011 is your best bet.
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March 11, 2012 5:04:47 PM

chesteracorgi said:
Yep, and you could boost the RAM (with the right mobo) to run a Virtual Machine or macnines for other purposes. But I would't suggest using the server as an internet station: too open for security concerns. Use the work stations for internet access and browsing (you also don't need a monitor or keyboard or mouse as you will access the server through a workstation0. And I think that WHS 2011 is your best bet.

No there wont be any internet browsing on the server and i wouldnt need any virtual machines either.
So you think WHS would best fit my needs? Does it actually have all the functionallity?
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March 11, 2012 5:12:49 PM

WHS 2011 has all the functionality of MS Server 2008 and if you are not running VMs you might get by with 4 GB of RAM. It is especially suited to a 3 workstation configuration

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March 11, 2012 6:56:31 PM

Its not very easy to get multipoint server 2011 on your own. You can't buy it at a retail shop or newegg ect.. for that matter. Your probably going to need to buy from an oem and get it preinstalled on their hardware.

I run multipoint server 2011 on my custom build but I have a technet sub :) 
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March 11, 2012 7:18:28 PM

look at office 365 from Microsoft, and see if a hosted SaaS solution fits your needs. What do you want the server to actually do?

For printing, get a switch and a network printer.
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March 11, 2012 10:17:28 PM

daship said:
Its not very easy to get multipoint server 2011 on your own. You can't buy it at a retail shop or newegg ect.. for that matter. Your probably going to need to buy from an oem and get it preinstalled on their hardware.

I run multipoint server 2011 on my custom build but I have a technet sub :) 

What the hell are you talkin about?

WHS 2011 is available from Newegg or any one of a million sources. Dimbulb darship. I bought and am running it myself from Newegg.
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April 16, 2012 7:46:00 AM

chesteracorgi said:
What the hell are you talkin about?

WHS 2011 is available from Newegg or any one of a million sources. Dimbulb darship. I bought and am running it myself from Newegg.


multipoint and whs are different things
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April 16, 2012 10:07:54 AM

13thmonkey said:
multipoint and whs are different things

If you read the request you will see that a multipoint server is beyond anythng that Sniper needs. He want file sharing, internet apps and backup redundency. A true server looks way beyond budget and needs.
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April 16, 2012 10:15:37 AM

chesteracorgi said:
If you read the request you will see that a multipoint server is beyond anythng that Sniper needs. He want file sharing, internet apps and backup redundency. A true server looks way beyond budget and needs.


yes I know, SBS or even WHS would be fine, as would a hosted service. however daship (for reasons best known to himself) was talking about multipoint and not whs.
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