Best option to upgrade file server capacity

December 4, 2010 at 01:53:32
Specs: Windows 2003, Dual Xeon 3Ghz 3GB
I am retiring on of the servers but the replacement server does not have enough drive space. It is also hosting the mail server.
1. Make the Exchange server a file server by adding a RAID card and 2 drives
2. Purchase a NAS drive with RAID
3. On another server which is the domain server but has SCSI drives expensive add external eSATA drive

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December 4, 2010 at 06:40:27
You have not provided enough information on which to base an opinion. How much drive space is "not enough"? How many client systems require simultaneous access?

Since you mention RAID one presumes you are talking about mission critical data storage with redundant backup capability. Define your needs, quantify your budget, and a suitable solution is sure to be found.

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December 4, 2010 at 13:54:39
Hi Richard,

Thanks for getting back. More details.

I am helping as a volunteer with a non-profit organization. We have 3 Dell servers which have been donated over time.

1. Dell PE 1400 with Dual P3 1.4Ghz, 1GB Memory, CERC ATA100/4ch Hardware RAID 1 2 Drives 80GB for OS and Backup and 2 Drives 250GB for File storage for users
2. Dell PE 1800 Xeon 3.0 GHz HyperThread, 3GB Memory, CERC SATA /6ch with 6 drives 80GB RAID 1 to create 3 Drives. Mail Server and some room for SOme file storage
3. Dell PE 1850 Xeon 3.0 GHz Hyper 1GB M Ultra SCSI Drives RAID 1 37GB for OS and some monitoring applications and webserver

I would like to retire Dell 1 and move the File system.

Option 1 on to Dell 2 using existing RAID cARD and replacing 2 x 80GB with 750GB dives (Card cannot support more than that)
Option 2 on Dell 3 using a eSATA card and eSATA Mirrored external drive with 1TB capacity
Option 3 Standalone NAS Drive with 1TB capacity

Budget is limited to about $300 but could be more if promise of performance increase

Please recommend any brands of Hardware as well.



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