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Old 10-20-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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Minimal Server Hardware

I am about to setup my first dedicated webserver.
It will be used for a single website and maybe a mail and ftp server.
The server should have around about 100 regular users.
I will probably install one of the BSDs or Trustix as the OS.
I am wondering what kind of hardware I would need.
Since I have never run a dedicated server I have no idea
what the requirements might be.
Old 10-20-2004, 03:29 PM   #2
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It starts with a question--

How fat is the pipe? Is it serving static content? or streaming video (as an example).

The way I see it, you kinda have to work back from the bottle necks. To find the bottle necks web guru's will need to know what your are serving (I am not a guru, my site handles just a few oddballs)

Oh by the way my server is a k-6 500 with 256mb ram with a keyboard, promise raid controller-- it is gentoo with no xfree, no sound, no cdrom, no floppy, no monitor, no mouse, no usb in kernel, no sides on the case heh. It servers a small filesever, ftp/mysql backend, q-mail/spammassasin/courier IMAP/squirrel mail, various canned php stuff, etc.. It does very well, for the few people who use it.

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Old 10-20-2004, 06:24 PM   #3
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Whether you're serving static, dynamic, or streaming content makes a lot of difference. For static content you hardly any CPU or RAM, but with dynamic and streaming you need increasingly more of each. Chances are that for your needs, a VIA C3 CPU and 256MB of RAM will be quite sufficient (with the added benefit of being able to run quietly).
Old 10-21-2004, 01:40 AM   #4
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probably will run off of a slower dsl or cable connection...
not sure on the specs entirely at this point

should be all static content besides a news feed

thanks for the help


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