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How to size a hardware for Active directory for 100users

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  • See this,

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverDS/thread/f9ac5a93-d2a2-4f49-b71d-277e061d207a


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    Friday, February 08, 2013 8:22 AM
  • Not much. As long as you follow the recommended guidelines for the installed server OS you are ok.

    2008: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb414778.aspx

    2012: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134246.aspx

    • Proposed as answer by Nigel Finn Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:23 AM
    Friday, February 08, 2013 8:22 AM
  • Could anyone change this tread from disscusion to question?

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    Friday, February 08, 2013 8:47 AM
  • There is an Active Directory sizer tool
    http://www.petri.co.il/active_directory_sizer_tool.htm

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    Friday, February 08, 2013 1:08 PM
  • Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14355.capacity-planning-for-active-directory-domain-services.aspx
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverDS/thread/2847e005-d4e4-48f4-87a6-ddbdec8440c3/
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverDS/thread/5f3605f4-3990-4713-9de6-6d04a862cae3

    Hope this helps


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    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:10 PM
  • 100 users will run on a pocket watch basically. Go with the min specs for a Windows server installation (say, 2gb ram, 40gb hard disk space, and a low to mid performing CPU) and see how you go. You can always scale up if you need to. I know that in my last job we ran our AD server from a Hyper-V guest with roughly those specs and there were certainly a lot more than 100 users.

    Of course, my disclaimer here is that your needs will always depends on other things too (such as how many computers you have on the estate, what other functions AD supports, whether it hosts the FSMO roles, etc.). You'll need to review the appropriate documentation if you have any doubts.

    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:41 PM
  • 100 users will run on a pocket watch basically. Go with the min specs for a Windows server installation (say, 2gb ram, 40gb hard disk space, and a low to mid performing CPU) and see how you go. You can always scale up if you need to. I know that in my last job we ran our AD server from a Hyper-V guest with roughly those specs and there were certainly a lot more than 100 users.

    Of course, my disclaimer here is that your needs will always depends on other things too (such as how many computers you have on the estate, what other functions AD supports, whether it hosts the FSMO roles, etc.). You'll need to review the appropriate documentation if you have any doubts.

    I was going to say an old desktop, but I like pocket watch better.

    Just to add, I would have two DCs minimum per domain for best practices, but more in case the first watch fails for whatever reason. At least no user, computer, groups, or basically the whole domain, won't be lost and scrambling to figure out how to recover it.


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    Saturday, February 09, 2013 3:18 AM