[K12OSN] server needs

dahopkins at comcast.net dahopkins at comcast.net
Mon May 10 14:31:07 UTC 2004

I find that the Supermicro MB work very nicely.  NCS is running 40-50 clients off of X5DP8-G2 with 4Gb memory, 2010s zero channel RAID card and using 15K SCSI drives. (18.2GB are rather inexpensive)

MB specs: http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/E7501/X5DP8-G2.cfm

Other on the list have used Tyan, etc.  Search the archives for this, it is routinely discussed.  I know that I have sent the complete specs for NCS servers at least once.  :)

Dave Hopkins

> I have built a server for $2100.00 with the following specs.
> Dual Xeon 2.6ghs 533/.mhz bus
> Intel SE7501HG2 Mainboard
> 3x 36GB SCSI 15k HDD
> Supermicro tower chasis (comes with SCA backplane)
> I can run 35 thinclients with no issues.  I would use 50mb or RAM per
> client regardless of the GUI.  However, the more RAM the happier the
> server.
> You can get the above parts from 
> Micro Computer Center
> ATTN: Joe Lore
> joe at mcc-ma.com
> 781-933-5530  x110 
> "Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com>
> writes:
> >We're are in the planning stages of setting up our K12ltsp project. 
> >We're probably going to end up building our thin clients from scratch, 
> >but my concern right now is the server (we'll either be building this 
> >ourselves or buying used). I want to get this purchase right the first 
> >time. We're a small public charter middle/high school with a
> >performing 
> >arts focus--only 92 students this year, doubling next year, and
> >topping 

> >out at 250 by year three with no growth in population after that.
> >
> >We're moving into our permanent location this summer. The building has 
> >a quite open floor plan and the clients will be scattered throughout 
> >the building in open banks of 5 or so. We're going to start with 15 to 
> >20 clients for now, but want to be able to grow to 40-50 by the time
> >we 
> >reach max population in year three. We'll be running Open Office and a 
> >web browser on the clients, but not much else.
> >
> >So--I want to able to run all the clients off the same server (I 
> >think). My  main question is, what are the minimum specs I want for a 
> >server that will take us through year three in our plan and beyond? 
> >There are a lot of choices out there, both in used servers and new 
> >components. Any advice from anyone running a similar load on their
> >ltsp 
> >server would be appreciated.
> >
> >Lee Myrick
> >Information Services Administrator
> >Renaissance Arts Academy
> >lee at renarts.org
> >http://www.renarts.org
> >

> >626-564-0902 home office
> >323-259-5700 school site
> >
> >
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