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Re: [K12OSN] Server suggestions



I would prefer backups to RAID for data integrity - RAID can only detect
if a drive fails - if a drive's media is bad, this is usually only
detected when it is too late.  You want your data in two physically
separate locations for so many reasons...

Jon

On Thu, 9 Jan 2003, Todd O'Bryan wrote:

> First, a warning: I'm not in any way hardware proficient. I tried to
> upgrade the hard drive in my desktop and seem to have rendered the CD
> drive inoperable, so be gentle...
>
> I need a new server. I can spend between $2000 and $2500, but would
> prefer the former so that I could maybe get two in case one dies. My
> lab is used
> for computer programming classes all day and should support 31 users.
>
> I was thinking maybe about a dual processor AMD motherboard (though if
> an Intel motherboard or a single processor motherboard would be more
> cost effective, I'm good with that) and hope to get as much RAM as
> possible. RAID is an absolute necessity, because I don't want to deal
> with thinking about back-ups if it's at all possible.
>
> Could someone who's built a server recently suggest parts and give
> rough prices? Also, any gotchas I should watch for?
>
> I also really don't know where to get stuff from. Suggestions of
> cheap/dependable places to order from would be most appreciated.
>
> Also, I'll take a good link, if anybody knows of one. I find most sites
> about building your own PC are remarkably old.
>
> Todd
>
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