Originally Posted by parityboy
It's not a matter of "doubting OCN". It's about going to the right places for the right information. The likes of Dell and HP have to deal with the OP's situation every day. OCN doesn't. That's not to say OCN can't be helpful, but 99.99999% of the people on here are concerned with their own machines - and those machines do not support a business infrastructure.
Additionally, I've seen some outlandish sentiments expressed here on OCN, regarding business environments. Gems such as, "don't bother with a Xeon, just overclock the processor you have". Or, "don't bother with a support contract, build the server yourself" for a server supporting 50+ people, and the person in question having no experience building a server for that kind of usage scenario.
When it comes to computing in a business environment, a shift in mentality is required.
Let us know how you're coming along. One thing that would be useful to know is what caused the data corruption. If you can isolate the cause, you can take steps to avoid it in the future.
Thanks for expressing the sentiments that I couldn't quite put into the right words....
The original post requested information on a server build. Those of us in the industry know that hardware is cheap. Software and knowledge is the expensive part. If you have to ask for suggestions on what hardware to buy, you shouldn't be building it yourself.
Right now, I still don't have the foggiest idea of what the recovery plan is for the OP. Seriously. Are we rebuilding an SBS domain? Moving to Google Apps? Trying to recover?
A $2000 server from Dell, or an equivalent $3000 server from IBM or HP would be capable of handling most anything you could throw at it for the size of the organization described. I'm not going to suggest any
whitebox configurations because I personally cannot guarantee that ALL of the parts will work together. The OP can spend his time researching what components will work with which motherboard, or he can spend his time coming up with a proper recovery plan. Buy a HP Proliant server for next-business-day delivery and you have your hardware. Then... what?
Or even less, actually. Up-and-running with a cheaper OEM server... but the question still remains - what do you do after you get the hardware...?
New SBS server? That requires (1) building a new SBS domain from scratch, (2) rejoining all existing clients to the new domain, (3) setting up everybody's Outlook profiles to point to the new server, (4) rebuilding file store with proper share & security permissions... just to name a few
New Windows file server? That still requires (1) setting up a domain and (2) rebuilding file store with proper share & security permissions.
Google Apps as email solution? That requires (1) setting up Google Apps, (2) pointing MX records in DNS to new Google Apps values, (3) reconfiguring Outlook clients to point to Google Apps or instructing users on using the web interface.
So... Which one is it going to be?Edited by ComGuards - 2/5/11 at 6:43pm