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I work for a business of about 5000 people. I am wanting to build a server to host and pull images from (I use Redo Backup) and to install files to the clients computers (shared folders on the C drive) over the network.
We install software like Office, Antivirus, Flash, Java, ETC over the network.

I don't think I need anything to powerful (not too sure that's why I am here)

I was pretty much thinking about an i3-3220, ASRock H77 Pro4-M, 8 gigs of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, a DVD drive, decent power supply, and putting server 2008 on it.
And we have 2 Intel Gigabit CT NIC cards that I was thinking about teaming so the images would install a little faster.

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
If it's going to be a server, I'd do some sort of RAID. Likely 5.
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Look into the Haswell-based i3's for much lower idle power consumption - i.e. i3-4130.

No point in teaming NICs together if you're serving off a single hard disk as the HD will be your bottleneck. If you need that kind of throughput, go RAID or SSD.
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Definitely some sort of fault tolerant raid needed.

I dont know how your imaging stuff works, but if all it is is just a glorified file server, then that should be about it.

But a company of 5000...the hardware seems woefully inadequate. I wouldnt trust off the shelf parts especially if you have expectations of availability and reliability.

Surely a company that size can afford some real enterprise grade hardware. This means nearly everything but the CPU, RAM, and motherboard are hot swappable. You'll need hot swappable PSUs, Fans, HDDs at the very least if you go custom built. You can kind of achieve these characteristics with something like SuperMicro's server chassis.

I'm setting up SCCM for a company in the range of 4k and they already have several data centers. My own server is a HP BL460c blade with 2x 300GB SAS drives in RAID1, 2x 10gb fibre NICs. Extra storage via iSCSI can be easily added.
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Definitely some sort of fault tolerant raid needed.

I dont know how your imaging stuff works, but if all it is is just a glorified file server, then that should be about it.

But a company of 5000...the hardware seems woefully inadequate. I wouldnt trust off the shelf parts especially if you have expectations of availability and reliability.

Surely a company that size can afford some real enterprise grade hardware. This means nearly everything but the CPU, RAM, and motherboard are hot swappable. You'll need hot swappable PSUs, Fans, HDDs at the very least if you go custom built. You can kind of achieve these characteristics with something like SuperMicro's server chassis.

I'm setting up SCCM for a company in the range of 4k and they already have several data centers. My own server is a HP BL460c blade with 2x 300GB SAS drives in RAID1, 2x 10gb fibre NICs.

I agree with you if that many pulls he needs some good parts otherwise he would be looking at some downtime fast when stuff wears out or crashes.
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Definitely some sort of fault tolerant raid needed.

I dont know how your imaging stuff works, but if all it is is just a glorified file server, then that should be about it.

But a company of 5000...the hardware seems woefully inadequate. I wouldnt trust off the shelf parts especially if you have expectations of availability and reliability.

Surely a company that size can afford some real enterprise grade hardware. This means nearly everything but the CPU, RAM, and motherboard are hot swappable. You'll need hot swappable PSUs, Fans, HDDs at the very least if you go custom built. You can kind of achieve these characteristics with something like SuperMicro's server chassis.

I'm setting up SCCM for a company in the range of 4k and they already have several data centers. My own server is a HP BL460c blade with 2x 300GB SAS drives in RAID1, 2x 10gb fibre NICs. Extra storage via iSCSI can be easily added.

You're like the only other person I have seen around here who knows SCCM.

But yes, a company that large you shouldn't be building off the shelf. If it's for production use, it should be an enterprise grade server, and at the very least use MDT for your OSD. There are a lot of great paid options out there, and some not so great. For example, SCCM, MDT, Altiris, LanDesk, CA, Ghost, etc.

At the very least, get a pair of used servers with no warranty and mirror/cluster them.
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@OP

Gotta agree with others in this thread: supporting that many users, you should be buying supported hardware from whoever your supplier is.
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@OP

Gotta agree with others in this thread: supporting that many users, you should be buying supported hardware from whoever your supplier is.

Agree, just purchased a server for this kind of job. I'm going raid 1 and raid 5 for the images.
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