small network server

Dell Dimension® 4300 series, pentium®...
August 28, 2009 at 11:51:45
Specs: Windows XP
Can I use a Dell Dimension 4300 as a server for a small (11 computers) network? The server now being used is an antique (12-year-old) PowerSpec computer.

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August 28, 2009 at 11:55:54
You can use most anything, if you are talking about a file server on a peer to peer network.

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August 28, 2009 at 12:11:37
I have a recommendation for you with regard to a server.

No matter what the server is going to be used for, no matter what hardware you buy, I highly recommend you buy something that is RAID capable.

It's always best to put your operating system on a RAID 1 and your data on a RAID 5 so ensure you buy something that has a controller that's capable of both.

I would also recommend that whatever you purchase has hot swappable drive bays and enough of them to allow for 2 drives for the RAID 1 and minimum 3 drive bays for the RAID 5. More would be preferable, but what I've just given you is what I consider the minimum.

If you don't know what RAID is, or what the different levels of RAID are (ie: 1, 5) then just google the term "RAID" and do some reading.

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