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  • 1.  Recommendations for a new server

    Posted Oct 13, 2023 08:11 AM

    Currently for an ESXi 6.7 a Xeon E5-2450 CPU, 20GB and 4x500GB HDDs in RAID5 are used.

    There are only 4 office users and only the following is installed on the Host:

    • a Windows Server 2016, for a single SQLExpress DB;
    • a Linux server used only for folders shared between the 4 users;
    • a Linux server for web applications.

    We would like to replace the server with a new one.
    I was thinking at least 32GB, at least 16 cores.

    For the disks I thought I would focus more on safety than on performance.
    On the NAS, using ZFS I have RAIDZ-2 with two parity disks and system snapshoots.
    On the host server I will probably still have to let the controller handle everything, so what do you suggest?
    6 HDD in RAID-6 or some other solution?

    Today we have a Dell PowerEdge. Do we always change to Dell or do we go to HPE?
    What do you think of Lenovo servers?


    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  • 2.  RE: Recommendations for a new server

    Posted Oct 13, 2023 11:24 AM

    Why do you need 16 cores and RAUD-6? Isn't that overkill for only 3 servers?

    My opinion you can use an "HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10" can go up to 8 cores, 64GB RAM and RAID5


    Used it in the past, good solid server. Never had problems with it.

  • 3.  RE: Recommendations for a new server

    Posted Oct 13, 2023 04:54 PM

    8 cores are the same as now.
    If in next future I want to install other VMs I will already find myself with the bottle full to the cap.

    I wouldn't want RAID5 just to be on the safe side.
    In many years I have never lost a disk, but I bet that two disks fail at once.

  • 4.  RE: Recommendations for a new server

    Posted Oct 13, 2023 05:42 PM

    Some thoughts, without knowing your workloads, and future plans:

    • if you are happy with Dell stay with it, although the other two vendors are good as well. Depending on your budget, a R760xs model may be what s.th. that to look at (redundant power, several network ports + iDRAC Enterprise, ...)
    • RAID5 (with host-spare) or RAID6 (without hot-spare) may not make a a big difference, if you get a good RAID controller with 2-8GB cache.
    • 16 cores seems to be a good decision. This will give you room for future needs, and you do not need to purchase additional core-licenses for Windows
    • don't save on RAM. In most environments that I saw, this is often an issue.