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Old 05-18-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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I have tried out linux for a few months on a small computer acting as a server and have liked it. I want to go ahead and purchase a server. I have been using RedHat 7.3 well because that's what I was introduced to and intend to use it till I have reason not to. I have looked around and thought of a Sun Server V60x but the price looks prohibitive for me. Hope its allowed to discuss brands in this forum. My question is, what would be the minimum specs of a machine that can get the job done for us? Ours is a small organization with a LAN of about 30 computers. We would like to run a web server (Apache), MySQL database and a mail server. Anyone who has experience with the other brands and has found them stable and reliable please share with me.
 
Old 05-18-2004, 03:56 AM   #2
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virtually any desktop system of today can handle that, go a real CPU, P4 or Athlon XP and you should be right ... that said databases like grunt.

Consider going to a newer Linux, or atleast update the software so you patch the security holes
 
Old 05-20-2004, 05:56 AM   #3
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OK, Will go in for some high end PC with good speed and memory. Thanks for the response.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 08:59 AM   #4
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I'm in almost the same situation. The company I work for is a bit smaller (15-20 people) but getting ready to grow. I had a custom system built for us by a local company:

2.6 GHz P4 with 800Mhz FSB and HT
1GB PC3200 DDR Memory
2 Promise ATA Raid Cards with 2 Drives Each Mirrored, Plus a 20GB for the OS
Integrated gigabit Ethernet (Intel 875i chipset)
Red Hat 9.0
A nice Antec SOHO Fileserver case.

It runs Samba, Sendmail, Apache/PHP/EzPublish with Squirrel mail in addition to two webpages, and we could add our FTP site and CVS server easily, but that is on our "back-up" machine. The website (http://www.intlogsys.com) absolutely flies, and I've never had any performance issues with it.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 10:20 AM   #5
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Thanks Chris for your input. How affordable was that for a small company? I'm currently on RH7.3 but would like to get to 9 with the new server. At the moment I also run Sendmail, Apache, PHP, MySQL and Squirrelmail.
Will try to get something like your specs. Thanks.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 10:25 AM   #6
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The server was about $1400, w/o monitor, keyboard, or mouse (which it does not have hooked up at the moment, just a power cord and ether bunny cord )

Red Hat was free to download from the Red Hat ftp site, as well as mirrors. Most are have bandwidth caps, so once you have it downloaded, burn to some discs (I have two copies, one as a back up). It takes three.

On a side note, I had to download drivers for the gigabit ethernet and the promise raid cards. If you have a system custom built, mention to the builder that you intend to put linux on it, and what flavor. If they're worth their salt, they'll check that the components have linux support.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 10:30 AM   #7
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Another note, work with your builder, so you know what you are getting. You can go budget with the video card, cd-rom drive, and the floppy, but nothing else. Get good name brand memory, and nice mobo, and good drives. (We have all WD Caviars, SE w/ 8mb cache) And remember a good hefty power supply and a solid case. Just get a good custom builder and tell him what you need. If can't find a "guy", find someone who knows how to build gaming rigs, there's not much difference, just more memoy and $500 less for the video card
 
Old 05-20-2004, 10:31 AM   #8
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"guy" should read "server guy"

(read your posts before you hit the "go" button)
 
  


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