×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS

Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Server Recommendation

Server Recommendation

Server Recommendation

(OP)
Hi,

We've got a couple of aging PE2600s and want to replace them.

We are not in a position to go 100% cloud because of bandwidth limitations, and we have Quickbooks Enterprise that will have to reside in-house.   Have about 25 users, with some growth in the next year (5-10 addl).

Current config is a PE2600 with SBS2003 DC / file server. Second server is PE2600 with Terminal Services - also serving Quickbooks enterprise.

Trying to minimize cost, but I don't think I can get down to one server for everything - mainly because of the need for Terminal Services / Remote Desktop.

Would appreciate any insight on what options you see.

Thanks!

     

RE: Server Recommendation

I admittedly don't have a lot of experience in this realm, but from reading what you have posted, I do have a couple of recommendations.

One, use the performance monitor tools in your current installation to get an idea of the percentage utilization of your existing system.  Of particular interest would be the depth of the IO queues for disk access as disk IO tends to be a bottleneck.  Of course you will also want to look at percent CPU utilization, network utilization, etc.  Once you have some quantitative numbers you will be in a much better position to determine what level of hardware  you require so that you are not spending money needlessly.

Second, since you are using Quickbooks, you are at least partially constrained to keeping Windows, which gets expensive especially when you have a terminal services license per user.  If your system is split up, you may be able to use a Linux distribution for one or more of the servers, such as your file server.  This approach could save you some significant software costs, especially when you consider upgrades.  Properly implemented, the fact that it isn't Windows would be invisible to the users.  This would mean that whomever supports your system would need to be fluent in both systems and may be an extra cost.
 

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close