After deliberating over which set of 8GB sticks of RAM to purchase to outfit our single socket virtualization platforms with a full 32GB compliment we decided to go with the following part:
- Kingston Value RAM: KVR1066D3Q8R7S/8Gi
There is also a 1333MHz version of the Intel certified RAM from Kingston but there were some questions around whether that particular model would back itself down to 800MHz which is where a memory channel will go speed wise when two quad ranked sticks of RAM are installed.
The screenshot above is via an Intel Remote Management Module.
- Intel Server Board S3420GPRX with I/O Shield (previous blog post)
- Intel Xeon Processor X3470 at 2.93GHz
- 32GB Kingston ECC 1066MHz
- Intel RS2BL080 RAID + Battery Backup
- 6x 300GB 15K Seagate SAS (5x RAID 5 + 1x Hot Spare)
- Intel Server Chassis SC5650DP with hot swap backplane.
The system is fairly quiet and is quite quick. We are expecting this configuration to more than meet our client’s needs.
One thing to note when setting up standalone virtualization boxes with the full GUI OS installed is to change the power settings to High Performance.
This particular configuration will be running:
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard.
- 2x vCPUs, 16GB RAM
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard in RDS/RemoteApp mode.
- 2x vCPUs, 4GB RAM
- Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard (P2V) running legacy LoB.
- 1x vCPU, 2GB RAM
- Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (one to four or five desktops).
- 2x vCPUs, 1.5GB-2GB RAM each.
Our client is a small non-profit with 8-11 seats depending on the time of year. We are quite confident that they will be happy with their new setup once we have migrated them from their current SBS 2003 R2 Premium.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book