New server specs

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gregg Hill, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    Hello!

    I am looking at a new server for SBS and I want to get enough RAM and drive
    space for the OS.

    What are the expected drive space needs for SBS 2008? I'll have client docs
    and Exchange on a separate drive or partition.

    What are the expected RAM needs for SBS 2008? Right now, 4GB seems to work
    very well for SBS 2003.

    Thank you!

    Gregg Hill





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    Gregg Hill, Oct 9, 2007
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  2. Hi Gregg:

    Not to be too glib, but "all you are willing to pay for" is a good place to
    start.

    Windows Server SBS Next will be 64 bit, so the RAM question is still up in
    the air AFAIK. Certainly the current 4 GB limit will be exceeded.

    There will be no direct upgrade path from SBS 2003 to SBS Next, so the
    partition scheme used now will really have little meaning when converting (a
    term that seems more appropriate than "upgrading, under the circumstances)
    from SBS 2003 to SBS Next.

    If more/newer information has leaked (oops, I mean been released), Cris or
    others will be along to correct this.
     
    Larry Struckmeyer, Oct 9, 2007
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  3. Max 32gig on standard 64bit

     
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Oct 9, 2007
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  4. Gregg Hill

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    No 'naitive' tape support. Third party products, as you'd expect, are likely
    to continue.

    ...but you should know my preferences for backup devices by now.

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    All those arguments with people who felt tape is better. :)

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    message two other things to keep in mind when specing out this server which have
    been discussed previously.

    1. Cougar will not be supported as an server on the "edge" of the internet
    boundry and only 1 nic will be supported natively.
    2. Cougar will have a whole new backup component and it DOES NOT support
    tape. Only external drives. This is not however specific to Cougar, its
    part of Win2k8 (Longhorn)

    So single nic in the new box and no tape drive unless you plan on purchasing
    new 3rd party backup software
    Personally I'd go for RAID1 on the System Partition and RAID 5 in at least
    two more partition config 1 for Exchange (Remember the new limits for stores
    75GB private and 75GB public)

    And I'd be looking at 6 to 8 GB of RAM

    Hello!

    I am looking at a new server for SBS and I want to get enough RAM and drive
    space for the OS.

    What are the expected drive space needs for SBS 2008? I'll have client docs
    and Exchange on a separate drive or partition.

    What are the expected RAM needs for SBS 2008? Right now, 4GB seems to work
    very well for SBS 2003.

    Thank you!

    Gregg Hill





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    ----------------

    DISCLAIMER WARNING: the information contained in any reply I make is merely
    an OPINION, one that I hope you will consider when you make a choice as to
    what you will do on your systems or network.

    **No recommendation is to be implied by my OPINION.**

    There, that should cover it!
     
    kj [SBS MVP], Oct 12, 2007
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  5. Gregg Hill

    Gregg Hill Guest

    I think the best backup is to have both tape and an external drive/NAS.

    Gregg Hill

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    DISCLAIMER WARNING: the information contained in any reply I make is merely
    an OPINION, one that I hope you will consider when you make a choice as to
    what you will do on your systems or network.

    **No recommendation is to be implied by my OPINION.**

    There, that should cover it!
     
    Gregg Hill, Oct 12, 2007
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  6. A rock and a chisel?

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    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS, MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
    Server Monitoring for $4.99 - Free trial
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    Russ \(SBITS.Biz\), Oct 12, 2007
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