Maximum number of computers for a server?

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June 2, 2011 at 10:00:47
Specs: Windows Vista, 4GB

I would like to know the max numbers of computers that you suggest as feasible in a network in which all of the computers are using the hard drive of one of these computers. The aim is not slowing down the network performance too much.

For example: Would four computers accessing office (word, excel...) data simultaneously from the internal local hard drive in one of these computers might slow down too much the network's performance?


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June 2, 2011 at 10:23:00
there are too many factors that go into determining bandwidth throughput for you ever to get a static answer to your question.

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June 2, 2011 at 10:37:57
For your example there would be no problem. But, in general it depends upon many factors. I can say, from experience, that it is possible to satisfactorily run 50-100 computers off one server, running Office software from the server.

Don't forget that you need the appropriate number of licences to do this. In my opinion there is no good reason to run software from a server rather than local installations.

Edit: On reflection I may have misunderstood your question. If you are just talking about accessing data rather than programs from the server the simple answer is "hundreds". Ideally you would have SCSI disks in your server as they are more efficient at handling multiple read/write requests.

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June 2, 2011 at 10:49:59
Don't forget too, for high use servers people use load sharing/clustering technology which allows multiple servers to handle the same data and share the load of users accessing.

As wanderer said, there are too many variables to give a concrete answer. My suggestion is, if you find your server is getting close to running at capacity, look into a load sharing/clustering setup.

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June 2, 2011 at 13:48:41
thanks everyone, and like you ijack said, indeed you were right with your last paragraph, I was thinking of accessing data rather than programs in the server.

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