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Old 01-17-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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A DIY PC as a Linux Server

Hi folks,

I have a desktop with the following spec:

Mobo: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
CPU: Core i5 3570K
RAM: Cosair Platinum 2X4GB = 8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Gfx: nVidia GTX 560 Ti

If I use this as a Ubuntu server, how many UBuntu client can it support?

Many thanks!
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As many as you want.
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There are several applications which I intend to run on the server, that include Ubuntu OS, Apache, Squirrel Mail, Open Directory. The box will house the eMail, Web and DNS servers all-in-one. I just wonder if it can take the loading.
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How man clients do you plan to connect to that machine?
I run Apache, Samba, vsftpd, Dovecot, Squid, dnsmasq, a rsync server and SSH on a machine with Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM, but I don't use it as desktop machine and I only have a maximum of 12 clients here, so your mileage may vary.
With a machine like yours you should be able to serve to a serious number of machines.
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Unless the Web server has some heavy server side applications running, your bottleneck serving Web, Mail and DNS to many users simultaneously will be bandwidth for network and/or HDD access. Once you saturate this bandwith, a second load balanced NIC and/or a good SATA Raid expansion card will help.

BTW, if this will be a pure server you can take out the NVidia card and use the onboard VGA to save you some electricity/heat, or better yet use no video output at all.


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