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    Hardware

    I have been asked about a new server. Does anyone have experience of Dell servers - good / bad / recommended / never again...

    It will be for a small firm (< 10 workstations) and act mainly as a file server.

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    Re: Hardware

    We have one older tower-style and one newer rack-style server from Dell. No problems, as far as I know. Most IT folks I have encoutered have a fondness for Compaq servers. These can be fairly reasonably priced from a reputable reseller... but they will cost more than Dell.

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    Re: Hardware

    Thanks.
    The initial cost is one factor to consider hence the question re Dell. However there is also the total cost down the line hence does Dell have a good rep re servers.

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    Re: Hardware

    We're a small organization and we've got a small Dell tower server. It has been great. Runs 7x24x365. No problems with the hardware other than a fan going out once. Dell shipped it overnight. I know several consultants that really like Compaq also. I think you'll find that Dell has a significant price advantage.

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    Re: Hardware

    If it's a small group of people and will be used for file sharing, I would think a beefed up Dell PC would be fine. We use Compaq products exclusively here and they're solid. Dell's desktops are also known to be reliable - what you'd need is more disk space and not necessarily a blazing processor. That, with a fat amount of RAM, should do the job for much less <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15> than something that is being sold exclusively as a server. It won't be an option if you need things like hot swapping, and failover, et. which are usually features of server class machines.
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    Re: Hardware

    Thanks - It's good to hear about relability / support from DELL

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    Re: Hardware

    Thanks. For a file server I would have gone for loads of memory and a fast HD anyway.
    For the servers it seems like compaq is definately a favorite supplier. I have a DELL desktop as my workstation but no experiences of their servers. I can put up with hassle because I can fix it myself. Recommending a server elsewhare is a bit different as it has to work and be reliable.

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    Re: Hardware

    Considering the prices of dell servers, i'd get a new dell server over a dell desktop. If you have a spare desktop, then it could easily be recommissioned as a server.

    For a small network, an older desktop, in the 500-600 mhz range with at least 512 memory should suffice as a file share machine. I would only use pentiums for servers though, not celerons or other processors.

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