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Hardware Configuration Required for Windows Server 2008 R2

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  • Hi,

         I want to purchase a Server System that will have Windows Server 2008 R2 as OS with Cloud Services for Office Environment of strength 100. Also we would like to have Sharepoint 2010 and System Center Essentials installed in it.

        Could you provide Configuration with Minimum Hardware Requirements for the Server like RAM, Harddisk, Processor, Motherboard etc.


    Regards, CPK_2011
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:34 AM

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  • Hi,

         I want to purchase a Server System that will have Windows Server 2008 R2 as OS with Cloud Services for Office Environment of strength 100. Also we would like to have Sharepoint 2010 and System Center Essentials installed in it.

        Could you provide Configuration with Minimum Hardware Requirements for the Server like RAM, Harddisk, Processor, Motherboard etc.


    Regards, CPK_2011


    There's a couple issues with a "Single" server doing all of this... It's not even logically possible to have a "Cloud" on a single server, a cloud is a reference to clustered  technologies.

    Cloud Computing: Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or "cloud")

    I guess since you probably want to deploy Sharepoint Apps this might be considered an internal cloud but... Clouds generally refer to organizations providing internet services that have at least at least a handful, if not a few hundred or a few thousand servers performing clustering, failovers, and massive datastores in their back-end infrastructure... Not only are they clustered on disks and databases, they're clustered on high-capacity RAM and lots of CPUs.... Quad-Socket servers all clustered up....

    My best guess on why it's called cloud is that it was called cloud because of the reference to the "Internet" when drawing out network topology diagrams.

    I only want you to be aware of the beast you're working on as it's not a simple project for most to create a cloud.

    Well if you insist on progressing after that little spiel...

     

    2008 R2, 100 Users, Sharepoint 2010 and SCE.. hmm I guess you really want to know the limitations of them.

    Memory

    Server 2008 R2 - Maximum: 8 GB (Foundation) or 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)

    Sharepoint 2010 - Minimum RAM as Web Interface only: 8 GB for production use in a single server or multiple server farm

    Sharepoint 2010 - Minimum RAM as Database Host: 16 GB for medium deployments

    System Center Ess. - Minimum RAM 2GB of RAM with all components on a single server.

    Software

    Windows Internal Database - Kind of a pain to manage but its doable....

    SQL Server 2008

    SQL Server Express 2008 - DB Max Size is 10 GB, Can only run on 1 CPU... Ideally.. SQL Express should only be used on Desktop Systems for development or small applications that may require DB Services like SQL Server.

    Now that thats all said and done.

    To avoid the headaches with downtime, have you already designed or considered designing a back-end infrastructure for performance, clustering failover, and data storage? Do you have a dedicated SQL Server Farm you want Sharepoint to work from as your back-end infrastructure?

    Otherwise, if its all on a single server, it's not going to be much fun when you have to dedicate your time to baby it because if it fails, your phone speaker is the next to fail because it wont stop ringing! Won't be hard to backup, single Windows Server Backup can back that up fairly efficiently and Windows Server Backup has Exchange/SQL DB awareness components so that it backs them up appropriately while the environment is live. (reduced performance though)

    I might say you will want a Dual-Proc to Quad-Proc server with 32-64GB of RAM and at least 8x 500GB drives in RAID 5 or RAID 1+0.

    That's a lot of read/write though. You better keep spares on hand!

     

    I hope that helps and best of luck on your approach to this project.


    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by CPK_2011 Thursday, April 21, 2011 4:18 PM
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:54 PM
  • Hi Steve,

           Thanks a million :).  Your post helped me a lot. I will keep Backend as separate Server with Sharepoint.


    Regards, CPK_2011

    CPK_2011, then that backend server better have that extra storage as I mentioned above because SQL database logs soak up a lot of disk if you let them get out of hand.... and Sharepoint is based off of a SQL DB backend. 
    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by CPK_2011 Friday, April 22, 2011 3:14 PM
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:55 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    I think it will be better to ask in Sharepoint and CSE forums.

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Microsoft Student Partner
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:56 PM
  • Hi,

         I want to purchase a Server System that will have Windows Server 2008 R2 as OS with Cloud Services for Office Environment of strength 100. Also we would like to have Sharepoint 2010 and System Center Essentials installed in it.

        Could you provide Configuration with Minimum Hardware Requirements for the Server like RAM, Harddisk, Processor, Motherboard etc.


    Regards, CPK_2011


    There's a couple issues with a "Single" server doing all of this... It's not even logically possible to have a "Cloud" on a single server, a cloud is a reference to clustered  technologies.

    Cloud Computing: Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or "cloud")

    I guess since you probably want to deploy Sharepoint Apps this might be considered an internal cloud but... Clouds generally refer to organizations providing internet services that have at least at least a handful, if not a few hundred or a few thousand servers performing clustering, failovers, and massive datastores in their back-end infrastructure... Not only are they clustered on disks and databases, they're clustered on high-capacity RAM and lots of CPUs.... Quad-Socket servers all clustered up....

    My best guess on why it's called cloud is that it was called cloud because of the reference to the "Internet" when drawing out network topology diagrams.

    I only want you to be aware of the beast you're working on as it's not a simple project for most to create a cloud.

    Well if you insist on progressing after that little spiel...

     

    2008 R2, 100 Users, Sharepoint 2010 and SCE.. hmm I guess you really want to know the limitations of them.

    Memory

    Server 2008 R2 - Maximum: 8 GB (Foundation) or 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)

    Sharepoint 2010 - Minimum RAM as Web Interface only: 8 GB for production use in a single server or multiple server farm

    Sharepoint 2010 - Minimum RAM as Database Host: 16 GB for medium deployments

    System Center Ess. - Minimum RAM 2GB of RAM with all components on a single server.

    Software

    Windows Internal Database - Kind of a pain to manage but its doable....

    SQL Server 2008

    SQL Server Express 2008 - DB Max Size is 10 GB, Can only run on 1 CPU... Ideally.. SQL Express should only be used on Desktop Systems for development or small applications that may require DB Services like SQL Server.

    Now that thats all said and done.

    To avoid the headaches with downtime, have you already designed or considered designing a back-end infrastructure for performance, clustering failover, and data storage? Do you have a dedicated SQL Server Farm you want Sharepoint to work from as your back-end infrastructure?

    Otherwise, if its all on a single server, it's not going to be much fun when you have to dedicate your time to baby it because if it fails, your phone speaker is the next to fail because it wont stop ringing! Won't be hard to backup, single Windows Server Backup can back that up fairly efficiently and Windows Server Backup has Exchange/SQL DB awareness components so that it backs them up appropriately while the environment is live. (reduced performance though)

    I might say you will want a Dual-Proc to Quad-Proc server with 32-64GB of RAM and at least 8x 500GB drives in RAID 5 or RAID 1+0.

    That's a lot of read/write though. You better keep spares on hand!

     

    I hope that helps and best of luck on your approach to this project.


    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by CPK_2011 Thursday, April 21, 2011 4:18 PM
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:54 PM
  • Hi Steve,

           Thanks a million :).  Your post helped me a lot. I will keep Backend as separate Server with Sharepoint.


    Regards, CPK_2011
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 4:24 PM
  • Hi Steve,

           Thanks a million :).  Your post helped me a lot. I will keep Backend as separate Server with Sharepoint.


    Regards, CPK_2011

    CPK_2011, then that backend server better have that extra storage as I mentioned above because SQL database logs soak up a lot of disk if you let them get out of hand.... and Sharepoint is based off of a SQL DB backend. 
    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by CPK_2011 Friday, April 22, 2011 3:14 PM
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:55 PM