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Hey guys, I'm looking into advice for the hardware required for a Spiceworks server that will be continually scanning 1600+ devices and 250,000+ IP's. According to their documentation they recommend:


"Optimum requirements: 200-1000+ devices; 6-12+ admins*

*the number of admins (admin, help desk admin, help desk tech) who will be using Spiceworks on a daily basis.
• Processor: Intel i5 or better
• Memory: 4-8 GB available
• Disk: Solid-state drive or other high-availability disk backend.
• VM: At this point, Spiceworks will not run well on a shared disk in a virtual environment. We recommend high-availability local disks, like a solid-state drive, and at least two dedicated vCPU's.
• Dedicated Computer/Server: Spiceworks will need its own dedicated machine."


So I planned on:
Mobo that can handle 16gb of RAM
2 CPU Sockets
Some sort of a SSD RAID 10

What I need help with is:
What mobo?
What kind of RAM?
What type of CPU's?
With a SSD raid do we need SSD Enterprise level drives, or can we use normal SSD drives?

I have quite a bit of experience with the enthusiast home gaming builds, but zero with servers. Thanks in advance for the helpful comments!
    
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Hey guys, I'm looking into advice for the hardware required for a Spiceworks server that will be continually scanning 1600+ devices and 250,000+ IP's. According to their documentation they recommend:


"Optimum requirements: 200-1000+ devices; 6-12+ admins*

*the number of admins (admin, help desk admin, help desk tech) who will be using Spiceworks on a daily basis.
• Processor: Intel i5 or better
• Memory: 4-8 GB available
• Disk: Solid-state drive or other high-availability disk backend.
• VM: At this point, Spiceworks will not run well on a shared disk in a virtual environment. We recommend high-availability local disks, like a solid-state drive, and at least two dedicated vCPU's.
• Dedicated Computer/Server: Spiceworks will need its own dedicated machine."


So I planned on:
Mobo that can handle 16gb of RAM
2 CPU Sockets
Some sort of a SSD RAID 10

What I need help with is:
What mobo?
What kind of RAM?
What type of CPU's?
With a SSD raid do we need SSD Enterprise level drives, or can we use normal SSD drives?

I have quite a bit of experience with the enthusiast home gaming builds, but zero with servers. Thanks in advance for the helpful comments!

Slow down there pal. Scanning 1600 devices? I assume this is for a medium sized business, or larger. You should not be building a white box server for a core monitoring solution of a business. You should be buying OEM hardware, with support. Something along the lines of a Dell R610/R710, HP DL360/DL380 Gen8, etc. If all your events are stored on local storage, you should be doing a hardware RAID10 with 10K SAS drives (4 1TB drives, would probably give you plenty of space), to ensure some sort of availability, and make sure you consider backups.

Dual Xeon E3/E5 CPUs, and 32GB RAM should be plenty to handle the load. Dual PSUs, dual/quad Gbe NICs, and a decent RAID controller are a must in my opinion.

Also, I'd reconsider using SpiceWorks. Read their LUA and you'll see why I say that (hint, the information the system gathers about your environment is sent to SpiceWorks -- in other words, they collect data about your environment).

What are you really looking for? Uptime/performance monitoring? agent, agentless/SNMP? Logging and Analytics?
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Thanks for the reply, +rep. PM'd more info.
    
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Yea I just got a R710 up and going with PRTG, and I'm monitoring little more than you. I wouldn't use spiceworks to save my life. Listen to Bob he knows his stuff. thumb.gif
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I'd go with IBM x3650 M4 server
You also need to add more memory. Three 8GB 00D5036 extra pieces should be enough.
As bob mentioned – you don’t need SSD’s – 10K SAS drives would be just fine: 90Y8877
But if you want to go with ssds i suggest to go with the enterprise ones 00AJ015
To speed up performance of the RAID get 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade
Redundant PSU is a must 94Y6668
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