While I was at AMD yesterday I heard a term that is very useful to describe a really bad piece of hardware used to build a server - DUD - dressed up desktops.
You know what they are - PCs that are desktops without any of that key server tech - do you know of one - let me know.
As a minimum I would want to see the following in a decent SBS server:
- x64 CPU to enable migration to SBS Longhorn edition
- RAID disks to survive a disk failure - I'm not going to ret religious if they are SCSI or not, but remember that Domain Controllers turn off disk caching unless you have a SCSI like controller, so can have a big impact on performance
- 2GB of memory min - this is just me, but why skimp at the outset - if you are not going to start at 2GB, then please make sure there are free slots for an upgrade
- Descent power and cooling
- Backup capability of some form
- 2 NICs (even if you only use one - the option is there)
- Quality brands - don't save £5 and spend the next 3 years regretting it
AMD do a great line in quality parts and have some great partners who can help. Together we can avoid customer heart-ache and stamp out the DUDs. For info on DUDs and SBS with AMD, have a look at http://www.amd.com/us-en/0,,3715_13530_13531,00.html
Wed, Jun 7 2006 10:33 AM