Can I use P4 as server

Hewlett-packard G71-340us notebook
January 29, 2010 at 01:20:57
Specs: Win XP, 1.8/512
I am having non branded P4. I want to convert it into a server. Its spects are 2.8 GZ and 512 MB Ram and 80 GB Harddisk. A total of 20 computers will connect to this server and database software will run.
Will my P4 perform as a server or i need to upgrade its specs. I mean if imake it Ram 2 GM and 2 harddisks, will it be ok then or i really need to buy server

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January 29, 2010 at 04:21:29
You can use any computer, as long as it has the minimum requirements for the o/s. You could use your computer as server for those 20 clients, but it's gonna be slow. Probably slower than anything you've ever seen before.

Another thing is data loss. What happens if your harddrive goes dead? And yet another thing, workstation hardware isn't built for 24/7 serving clients, the stress on it will shorten it's life and you'll have nothing but problems with it, eventually.

Try to persuade your employer (or yourself, whoever decides) to invest in a real setup. It will pay off in the end.

If money really is an issue, at least save up some cash and buy a HP ProLiant. Some of them goes for like $400. It's gonna withstand better. And seriously consider buying a third party raid card and see to it that you have at least a raid 1 setup. That way, if one of the disks dies you can just replace it and rebuild the setup and you can just keep on going without having to struggle with backups or rebuilding the entire domain.

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January 30, 2010 at 16:35:26
Kind of feeble but if you have it you can try it. I doubt it will support any but the most basic of tasks.

Worse comes to worse you have to upgrade to a new/newer server. It can't hurt to try,at least you'd know you tried to use it.

You would need an actual server. They are special purpose built for that task.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 31, 2010 at 05:57:13
What exactly do you want to do with this machine? What you want to do will help decide what, if any, upgrading it needs.

I wouldn't run a database on it but for a simple file server, the machine, as it is, would work fine.

If you're looking at building an AD integrated Windows domain then I would definitely upgrade the RAM.

For redundancy purposes I would buy a good RAID controller and minimum two disks and I would run a RAID level that provides redundancy like a RAID 1 or 5.

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