[nSLUG] Hardware advice

Donald Teed dteed at artistic.ca
Thu Jan 15 23:00:26 AST 2004


You say small office server.  Yet it is running a database and
web server.  Do these get hit on by the public or it is
purely used within the office (Intranet)?  The load factor
matters when selecting hardware.


--Donald Teed


On Thu, 15 Jan 2004, Rick Wightman wrote:

> Folks,
> 
> In a couple of months I will have about $2500 to construct a small 
> office server for my church which could be given a lifespan of 5+ yrs. 
> I'm looking at 1 boot + 2 mirrored drives + DVD burner (+/-R I don't 
> know yet) as archivable backup. It will, of course, be running some 
> flavour of Linux. What services? The current server, a Sparc10 in an 
> identical configuration (8mm tape instead of DVD), supplies DHCP, BIND, 
> NTP, SMB, Apache, mySQL, SSH and likely a few others I've forgotten.
> 
> I'm looking for the groups suggestions/experiences around motherboard 
> and CPU combinations and hard drive manufacturers/series for this 
> application. Thoughts on price/performance/reliability for SCSI, ATA 
> and series ATA are also appreciated, recalling that there was some 
> discussion about some of this a while back, and you may consider it 
> off-topic.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Rick Wightman
> 
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