We just finished a new server installation for a client here in Houston. A little history before we get to the new equipment. Client had an older Windows Server 2003 in a Peer-to-Peer network with 15 workstation/laptop in their small office here in Houston. The Server was an older HP Server with one 100GB hard drive that was 95% full, only 1 GB of RAM, and never had system patches installed on it and was simply used as a file server where they would keep everything on it. Their network consisted of static public IP Addresses from their ISP on each devices (yes static public IP addresses for each device – they had about 20 ip’s ) no firewall at all, and no control who had access to what.

After meeting with the owners and there plan for growth and control of their mission critical files, we came with the following setup to accommodate their IT needs.

  • Replace their old HP Server with a Brand new Dell T320 Server with the following Specs. 16GB RAM (upgradable to 192GB if needed – tons of room to grow), 2x 1TB hard drive¬† on RAID 1 for the operating system, and 6 x 1TB HD on RAID 10 for the data portion giving them a total of 3TB of data storage plus the fault tolerance of a maximum of 3 hard drive going dead to prevent on data lost. The RAID card that Perc H710p with 1GB of cache.¬† Server 2008 R2, with ESET antivirus solution to protect network.
  • Server set to be Active Directory w/DNS and File/Print Server configured on it.
  • Upgrade all the machines from Windows XP home edition to Windows 7 Pro – 64-bit with a minimum of 6GB machines, for the engineering department the minimum is set for 16GB with Intel i7 system machines to be able handle AutoCad software
  • Domain based network
  • New Sonicwall TZ 205 firewall with only 1 static ip address assigned to it and private network inside. We reduced their ISP bill from the extra IP Addresses. We were able to get Comcast cable to be their main connection with 50Mbps download/10Mbps speed and downgraded from a bonded T1 connection with only 3Mpbs to a single T1 connection as a backup connection when Comcast connection drops.
  • Upgraded their old 10/100 switches to a single 48 port 10/100/1000 switch
  • Setup them up with our Hosted Exchange solution. This was a HUGE upgraded from what they were using. They were on a POP Server using Outlook express for their email client.

It was a great little project for us and customer LOVES there new network equipment. The client has tons of space grow and the new network equipment is able to handle what they could throw at it.