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Old 06-04-2009, 06:39 AM   #1
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server requirement for 2000 clients

hi all, need some help

i have to establish an active directory service for 2000 clients running win. xp pro. and a centralized file server for data sharing for all the clients. help me choosing the best os/hardware, ibm or hp? .

if possible mention the merits and de-merits of both win & linux based servers, over using these services.
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Will home directories be mounted off the file server, or will the file server usage be somewhat more limited?

Samba can run as a Primary Domain Controller, but not as an Active Directory Server yet (coming in Samba 4).

Your hardware and other choices would depend on usage patterns, uptime requirements, disk usage per user, etc. For Linux, I would look, at a minimum, at a 2.5 GHz+ Dual or Quad-core Xeon, 8GB RAM, RAID 6 or similar for the hard drives, etc. Something along an IBM x3650.


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