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System requirements to install windows 2012 for 150 users

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  • Dear friends,

    Here i planned to implement the windows domain module. Totally here we have 70 hosts for 150 users. We preferred to use windows 2012 as a DC.  We may use the roaming profile for users. So all the user profile will be store on DC itself.  

    But i have a no idea about which configuration system we have to buy? like processor speed, ram size, HDD size.

    So please suggest us to make a right decision.

    Thanks,

    Lingaprakash R

    • Moved by nzpcmad1 Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5:50 PM From ADFS
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 1:08 PM

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  • Hi,
     
    The basic requirements for a domain controller are, on paper, no different to the requirements for installing Windows Server in the first place.
     
    However it may be a good idea to go bigger, add sufficient memory to cache the contents of Active Directory database in order to improve performance for domain controllers, LDAP client requests, and Active Directory-enabled applications.
     
    The minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2012: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303418.aspx
     
    For the disk requirement, you will have to determine the average amount of disk space used for a typical roaming user profile based on your configuration first. Administrator can exclude additional folders from the user’s roaming profile by using Group Policy. The maximum size of a user’s profile can also be controlled by using Group Policy.
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:32 AM
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  • Hi,
     
    The basic requirements for a domain controller are, on paper, no different to the requirements for installing Windows Server in the first place.
     
    However it may be a good idea to go bigger, add sufficient memory to cache the contents of Active Directory database in order to improve performance for domain controllers, LDAP client requests, and Active Directory-enabled applications.
     
    The minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2012: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303418.aspx
     
    For the disk requirement, you will have to determine the average amount of disk space used for a typical roaming user profile based on your configuration first. Administrator can exclude additional folders from the user’s roaming profile by using Group Policy. The maximum size of a user’s profile can also be controlled by using Group Policy.
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:32 AM
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  • Hi Ethan Hua,

    Thanks for your guidelines..

    And, some of my friends saying the double processor on a single motherboard will be better for AD, becoz in future we can add one more processor to boost our server if it looks slow or our domain user increases.

    Do you have any idea about that?

    Thanks & Regards,

    Lingaprakash R

    Sunday, February 21, 2016 3:38 PM
  • You can use double processor. Single processor has its performance limits, using multiple processors increase the performance capacity of the server.
     
    You need to first evaluate processor usage in your environment before adding it. Check this article for more details:
     
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14355.capacity-planning-for-active-directory-domain-services.aspx#Evaluating_Processor_Usage
     

    Regards,

    Ethan Hua


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    Monday, February 29, 2016 8:07 AM
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