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    Smile Anyone care to make a recommendation on server hardware?

    Hi, I'd like to get the community's thoughts on the hardware level needed for this deployment. It is for a local govt office/ law enforcement.

    Network install, Pro version

    50 users, outlook integration, all users also have a blackberry, iphone or droid

    Planning on Ubuntu install, not VM, a dedicated server, need email archiving

    I'm considering a server with a decent quad code xeon w/ 12meg cache, 12 GB ram, 1TB x3 in raid 5, redundant nic and PSU.

    Don't want any slowdowns, would rather oversize somewhat than undersize and ever have hardware be the bottleneck.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1) single machine has no HA
    2) RAID 5 is bad..do RAID10 (search forums)
    3) HW you mentioned can easily do way more than 50 users

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    Thanks for the reply - What's HA?

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    HA = High Availability

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    You may want to re-consider the VM. The hardware you've described is what I'm running (Dell R710 Quad core) with 16GB memory.

    I've installed the free version of ESXi 5 for the host and then I have Zimbra on as a guest. It's very comforting to know that, during upgrades, I can snapshot before hand and revert if necessary.

    This system is handling around 300 employees.

    The BlackBerry users are going to be a pain; to support them, you'll either need to run another server for their calendaring/contacts (BES) or only support IMAP. We strongly discourage the use of blackberry with our user base.

    As for archiving, go for MailArchiva, there is a free and a paid for version

    Doug
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    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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