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Hardware Requirements for Server 2012 R2

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  • I am tasked with purchasing a new server for the business and need to know where to potentially start on a baseline with.

    It will be running Active Directory for around 45 users & up to 60 devices
    It will be housing file storage for each user (Max 30 - 40GB each)
    The server will be running Sage 50 so SQL is going to be present
    It will require the ability to allow at least 2 users to connect via RDP at any one time

    I am aware that I will require 2 DC servers to allow AD to run efficiently so any advice on the requirements for these would also be appreciated.

    Many thanks!

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:03 PM

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  • Since you also need Sage and SQL server and definitely would not want that on a DC, I'd suggest installing hyper-v role on host and stand up guests for Active directory domain services and other guests for applications. As to sizing hardware; the server manufacturer's have trained personnel that can help you with that task.

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:14 PM
  • Hi,

    I would agree with Dave's suggestion and also you can follow MS link for some guidance on the system requirements.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303418.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    Will suggest you implement 2 DC's with AD /DNS and other applications such as SQL/Sage on another standard Server.

    For RDP you will require license if you want more than 2 users connecting.

    File Storage server must be on a server that is not DC, so you can spec accordingly and it is advisable not to use DC for File Storage.


    Regards, Jim MSCS - MCP Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights. When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:27 PM
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