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DustySlider

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What do you guys think about the following as a file server supporting about 35 users:

P4 1.6
1gb of RAM
80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache harddrive

Doable?

I'm trying to be as cheap as possible since the company doesn't want to fork out money for a new server.
 
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Dusty,

Based on the info provided, of course it's do'able!

BUT we have no idea about how many read requests per second, minute, hour, day, etc will be the demand on the server. Nor do we know whether the data transfers are short and sweet, or several gigabytes per request.

Your configuration may be better off being 4 - 20GB hard drives that are SCSI, rather than 1 - 80GB EIDE???

Unless you know the demand requirements, how can anyone approve the design specs?
 

DustySlider

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Oops. Yeah. Sorry bout that.

On average, probably 15 - 20 of those users will be on at the same time. And data file transfer usually won't approach gb's. Usually maybe 1-10mb files. Here and there we may be transferring a 600mb .pst file, but that only happens a couple times a month.
 
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Dusty,

I know that you think you answered the question, but you really haven't, and you may not know the answer at this time!

If you don't know the answers to define the server load, then you can only try to maximize the design capabilty within your price range.

If the users are going after data that is in many different files, then multiple HD's with data files spread out across them will help performance. If they are all using only one database, then then have multiple HD's may may be a moot issue unless the DB management software allows multiple user access simultaneously for read/update.

As far as performance goes, best case is that each user wants to access a separate file. Then record/file locking is not an issue....but imagine the amount of disk arm movement that would be going on with the equivalent of 20 separate applications trying to randomly access one HD at the same time!

My feeling is that for a file server, more independent actuators is better...ie, more HD's. And if you go with only 2, split them off on separate controllers for sure
 
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