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    Best File Server Configuration

    I want to build the best File Server possible as inexpensively as possible! What components are important? Fast harddrive (IDE 7500 RPM; SCSI 10,000; ATI); Operating System (Linus; Windows XP) Fast Processor (AMD 32 or 64; Intel)? Where do I get the most bang for the buck? My guess is "seek time" of harddrive rather than Processor. Please bear in mind I usually guess wrong! LOL The server will only be used to allow central access files by Office XP applications and VB6 programs by approximately 6 client computers. Network cards are 1 gig and cable is CAT 6. The server will not be used for anything else and will ideally be placed into service and forgotten. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Bob Nichols

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    Re: Best File Server Configuration

    Is this a small business server?? Do you have any other servers? What kind of equipment do you have now? Alot of factors go into a decision like this. Me, Claude and Woody spec'd out a server for this lounge that is sitting right behind me. I'm very fluent in Windows and Linux so the OS wasn't a factor. (Linux of course) We went out aand ordereds a no-name frankenstein box.

    Depending on who is supporting the box and how much experience they have... I'd go with memory and HD access speeds rather then a HUGE processor. If your going to run WIndows Server 2000 or 2003, you DEFINATELY NEED the memory and the processor. Because its a file server, again, depending on how big the files are and the number of people accessing it, a decent speed HD is prolly a good idea. Note: Linux is FREE

    If it was me... minumum config:

    2.x ghz
    1024 gb Ram
    7500 rpm IDE is prolly fine for 6 people.
    I perfer linux but Windows will suffice.

    Depending on your budget, the Compaq DL360 is a great little server. 1U, Raid 1, etc etc
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    Re: Best File Server Configuration

    > The server will not be used for anything else and will ideally be placed into service and forgotten.

    Don't forget about backups, or you'll be back with some new requests. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> Whether you choose to install a tape drive in your file server or in another box probably depends more on cost than anything else.

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