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File Server Configuration
April 2002
Note:  Server Configuration change very quickly.  Any server that exceeds these capabilities will function.

These server configurations are representative of servers sized for the stated load.  This is based upon typical usage by actual students running typical applications in real schools.  These configurations are proper for Microsoft NT or Novell Netware networks.  TLC School Connect puts a minimal load on the server compared to the load created by students downloading instructional network.  Use these configurations to determine if your server is powerful enough to service the users loads you expect.  

Key Configuration Components:

  1. Disk Configuration - Number of Disks, RPM speed, RAID, and Total Disk Space.  
    Upgrade to RAID with 4 disks if you expect to deliver full motion video to more than 15 workstations simultaneously.
  2. CPU - Number of CPUs and their speed in MHz.  
    Two processors are needed for servers with more than 250 workstations.
  3. Memory - Amount of total memory and memory speed.
  4. LAN - 100 MHz or Gigabit Ethernet.  
    Do not skimp on the servers network adapter.
  5. Bus -  Width and speed.

How big a network do you have?

Up to 10 User Server
SchoolConnect Datastation (for Netware)
11 - 50 User Server
51 - 100 User Server
101 - 150 User Server
151 - 250 User Server
251 - 500 User Server
Notes 

Up to 10 User Server
SchoolConnect Datastation (for Netware sites)

Part # Qty Description
847960X 1 x200 1.26 GHz 128 MB, Open Bay
06P5750 1 18.2GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
33L3081 2 128MB 100MHZ ECC SDRAM DIMM
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
  1. Disk - 1 Drives, SCSI Ultra 160, 10,000 RPM, 
    Usable Space 18GB
  2. CPU - Single 1.26 GHz 
  3. Memory - 384 MB with ECC
  4. LAN - 100 MHz Ethernet
  5. Bus - 32 bit PCI at 133 MHz
   

11 - 50 User Server

Part # Qty Description
864641X 1 x220 1.26GHz/256 128MB Open Bay
06P5751 2 36.4GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
10K0022 1 512MB 133MHZ ECC SDRAM RDIMM
00N7991 1 20/40GB DDS/4 4mm Internal Tape Drive (NO S/W)
19K4646 1 WIDE ULTRA SCSI PCI ADAPTER
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
K12NS31 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for Netware
OR K12NS21 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for NT/2000
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
  1. Disk - 2 Drives, SCSI Ultra 160, 10,000 RPM, Usable Space 72GB
  2. CPU - Single 1.26 GHz (2nd is optional)
  3. Memory - 640 MB at 133 MHz with ECC
  4. LAN - 100 MHz Ethernet
  5. Backup Tape Drive
  6. Bus - 32 bit PCI at 133 MHz
       

51 - 100 User Server

Part # Qty Description
866842X 1 x232 1.26GHz/256 256MB TWR, HotSwap
06P5755 2 36.4GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
33L3324 2 256MB ECC 133MHZ SDRAM RDIMM
00N7991 1 20/40GB DDS/4 4mm Internal Tape Drive (NO S/W)
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
K12NS31 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for Netware
OR K12NS21 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for NT/2000
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
  1. Disk - 2 Drives, SCSI Ultra 160, 7,200 RPM, Usable Space 72GB
  2. CPU - Single 1.26 GHz (2nd is optional)
  3. Memory - 768 MB at 133 MHz with ECC
  4. LAN - 100 MHz Ethernet
  5. Bus - 64 bit PCI at 133 MHz
       

101 - 150 User Server

Part # Qty Description
866842X 1 x232 1.26GHz/256 256MB TWR, HotSwap
06P5755 4 36.4GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
37L5740 1 SERVERAID 4LX ULTRA 160 SCSI ADAPTER
33L3322 2 256MB ECC 133MHZ SDRAM RDIMM
00N7991 1 20/40GB DDS/4 4mm Internal Tape Drive (NO S/W)
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
K12NS31 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for Netware
OR K12NS21 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for NT/2000
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
OR 22P6801 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (copper)
OR 22P3701 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (Fiber)
  1. Disk - 4 Drives, RAID5 SCSI Ultra 160, Usable Space 108GB
  2. CPU - Single 1.26 GHz (2nd is optional)
  3. Memory - 768 MB at 133 MHz with ECC
  4. LAN - 100 MHz Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet 
  5. Bus - 64 bit PCI at 133 MHz
       

151 - 250 User Server

Part # Qty Description
866842X 1 x232 1.26GHz/256 256MB TWR, HotSwap
06P5755 4 36.4GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
06P5740 1 ServeRaid-4LX Ultra 160 SCSI
33L3324 2 512MB 133MHZ SDRAM RDIMM
00N7991 1 20/40GB DDS/4 4mm Internal Tape Drive (NO S/W)
10K2340 1 IBM MEDIA Bay Tray & Cable Kit
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
K12NS31 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for Netware
OR K12NS21 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for NT/2000
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
OR 22P6801 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (copper)
OR 22P3701 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (Fiber)
 
  1. Disk - 4 Drives, RAID5 SCSI Ultra 160, Usable Space 108GB
  2. CPU - One 1 GHz (2nd is optional)
  3. Memory - 1.256 MB at 133 MHz
  4. LAN - Gigabit Ethernet or 100 MHz Ethernet
  5. Bus - 64 bit PCI at 133 MHz
       

251 - 500 User Server

Part # Qty Description
866842X 1 x232 1.26GHz/256 256MB TWR, HotSwap
19K4640 1 2nd Processor 
06P5755 5 36.4GB Ultra160 SCSI HDD
37L5740 1 SERVERAID 4LX ULTRA 160 SCSI ADAPTER
33L3324 2 512MB 133MHZ SDRAM RDIMM
24P2396 1 100/200 GB LTO HH Tape Drive
10K2340 1 IBM MEDIA Bay Tray & Cable Kit
33L3760 1 NF 250W HOT-SWAP REDUNDANT POWER SUPPLY
633147N 1 E54 15" S/B FST 13.8" VIEWABLE
94G3134 1 APC SMART UPS 700
K12NS31 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for Netware
OR K12NS21 1 Novanet 8 SE Backup Software for NT/2000
Integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet
OR 22P6801 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (copper)
OR 22P3701 1 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (Fiber)
  1. Disk - 5 Drives, RAID5 SCSI Ultra 160, Usable Space 144GB
  2. CPU - Two 1.26 GHz 
  3. Memory - 1.256 GB at 133 MHz
  4. LAN - Gigabit Ethernet (Strongly Recommended) or 100 MHz Ethernet
  5. Bus - 64 bit PCI at 133 MHz
       

Notes:

Memory Note:

The old formula for Novell memory requirements that we have used for so long (8 MB memory for each GB of disk) is no longer valid.

With Netware 5.x, there is a new memory management process in Netware and as a result, a new formula.  Basically, Netware memory requirements are just based on a 128MB base with more memory added for all the services running on the F/S. Memory requirements scale with the number of simultaneous users rather than the amount of disk space as it did in the past.

All configurations, except the 10 user configuration, provide one empty memory slot for future memory upgrades.

RAID Note:   

Note that for large servers with more than 2 disk drives, RAID is recommended for enhanced performance and reduced risk of disk failure. RAID uses 1 drive to hold redundant information so the effective disk available to Novell/NT for customer applications is 1 drive less than the total number of drives installed. 

Tape Backup Note:
Note that there is no backup software bundled with the tape drive, hence the additional part number for Backup Software.  Please use the correct part number that corresponds to the Network Operating System that the customer is using.  Additional Backup Software Options :
K12NS171    Novanet Open File Manager
K12DR081    Novanet 8 Disaster Recovery for Netware
K12DR091    Novanet 8 Disaster Recovery for NT/2000
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