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To build a beast of a server.
I'm not much up on server cases, but I will be running either RAID 5 or 10 and would like as many hot swap and other options as possible.

Let's get those ideas rolling, any other suggestions would be appreciated.

This will be a Microsoft Server 2008 and will be used for virtualizing end user desktops FTR.
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post #2 of 12
How blank of a check are we talking? how much storage do you want/need? and how many users at once?

Blank check servers I can build ~$20,000 without wasting money.
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post #3 of 12
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35 Users logged on during the week with 20 phone bank users logging in during certain peak times. With the possibility to expand a few extra users. I want at least 12 TB's. I have $35,000 left in my PC budget.
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post #4 of 12
umm... I'm having a hard spending that much money without just going bananas.

Barebones (Case, MoBo, and 2+1 redundant PSUs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816152124
4 CPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819105272
32x8GB sticks of RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139279
8x3TB hard drives (configure it as a 7 disk RAID 6 with 1 hot spare = 15TB of storage w/double redundancy): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145477
RAID card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151074
Battery backup for it: http://www.span.com/product_info.php...s&currency=USD
Upgraded RAM for the RAID card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226089
2xSAS-SATA breakout cables: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116097
Total ~$16,000

Unless you wanted to add a 2U RAID enclosure this is pretty much the most boss server you can get... or you could build two of them
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post #5 of 12
Go with an IBM blade server running Linux. You will find it much more stable. I know this from experience.
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by kabj06 View Post
Go with an IBM blade server running Linux. You will find it much more stable. I know this from experience.
I know two guys who can sleep on their jobs managing WS2008 clusters because they have so little to do since they migrated off of Linux.

You can't wholesale say one platform is better than another for the simple fact that different goals are best suited by different platforms... unless your experience was running what the OP is running.
Edited by CTRLurself - 8/18/11 at 7:28am
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post #7 of 12
If this is for a business critical application, I would not build it yourself. Sure you can build a machine with exactly what you want in it, but in the business world you really need a solid warranty. With the budget you have you can easily get this server with the required specs from HP, Dell, IBM, or whoever you prefer and it should come with 4-hour on-site repair.

That is just my opinion though. Really though look into the R900 series from Dell. I have a few of them in my environment and they are pretty rock solid servers.
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by CTRLurself [Knyte Custom] View Post
umm... I'm having a hard spending that much money without just going bananas.

Barebones (Case, MoBo, and 2+1 redundant PSUs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816152124
4 CPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819105272
32x8GB sticks of RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139279
8x3TB hard drives (configure it as a 7 disk RAID 6 with 1 hot spare = 15TB of storage w/double redundancy): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145477
RAID card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151074
Battery backup for it: http://www.span.com/product_info.php...s&currency=USD
Upgraded RAM for the RAID card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226089
2xSAS-SATA breakout cables: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816116097
Total ~$16,000

Unless you wanted to add a 2U RAID enclosure this is pretty much the most boss server you can get... or you could build two of them
On the weekends you sneak in and fold on it. Imagine the PPD on 48 cores! :O
    
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post #9 of 12
I'm going to ruin this now.

Real simple here, you will want to get a prebuild for this sort of cash purely from a support perspective, bearing in mind that a 6 core xeon will cost 2k - 3k, memory could be expensive as well.

You'd seriously be better off going with a Dell/HP/IBM server and then customise it from their when you are ordering it... Also get the 3 year hardware support contract for it as well. That's normally 3k depending on the server anyway.

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post #10 of 12
I'm always a fan of self-built servers if you're full time and dedicated IT as it makes it very easy to service and keep parts on hand.

If you want to go pre-built, DO NOT GET DELL. Yes, they have good support, but hardware upgrades pretty much have to be done with Dell parts which makes upgrades more expensive. Get IBM or HP.
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2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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1TB RE4 2x3TB WD Red LG 10x BD-R Corsair H80i w/push pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ultimate 3x 1920x1080 LG IPS displays. Razer Mass Effect 3 Blackwidow Ultimate Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone TJ08B-E R.A.T. 7 An ergonomic one 
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i7 3770k Gigabyte Sniper M3 1155 mATX CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1TB WD RE4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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750W Seasonic Gold Fractal Node 804 5.1 Definitive Def Tech PERC 5i RAID card w/ BBU (LSI Firmware) 
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