Saturday, 26 September 2009

SBS 2008 and 16 Cores?!?

Well, maybe not:


The above screenshot is from a new HP ML350 G6 with a pair of Xeon E5520 2.26GHz CPUs installed. The new Xeon 5500 series CPUs support HyperThreading (HT).

The server configuration is rounded out with 8GB of ECC RAM and a 292GB RAID 10 array (4x 146GB 15K SAS2 6Gps drives) plus a hot spare.

While the new box is pretty snappy in its all-round performance though it still takes a while for the shutdown sequence to process.

At some point we hope to figure out if we can script a service shutdown sequence to speed things up.

But, for now, this particular box will do quite well for SBS 2008 and a client of this size running Web facing Line of Business applications on the Premium based second server.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac! (previous blog post)

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1 comment:

Richard Blanco Jr. said...

I just setup a similar HP DL380 G6 also with 16 cores. I have been dissapointed with the shutdown/restart times of SBS2008 Standard, particulary on this kind of server. I am going to tinker around with shutting down Exchange first to see if that helps. Perhaps there are other services we can shut down beforehand. It really should be better than this. Mind you, I just got this one up and running (from an SBS2003 migration) and have yet to install W2k8 SP2 on the box. Everything else is pretty much updated. I even installed Exchange 2007 SP2.