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    How many users will it handle?

    I know this question has about an infinite number of variables, but I will ask it anyway. How many people do you think the server below could handle at one time? Figure in at any given time about 5% of people would be downloading a 600KB file. The only scripts used would be to create tables after a game is played and organize scores on the tables. Besides that it would be loading mostly static pages.

    Windows 2000
    Pentium 3 800 Mhz
    256 MB 133MHz SDRAM ECC
    Two 9.1GB Ultra 160 SCSI Hot-Swap SL HDD w/ raid 1

    It would have a 20mbit connection to a backbone provider.

    This would be a dedicated server, running only what I have said. I just need a good idea of how many people this thing might handle at one time. The next step up is Dual p3 1ghz with 512 MB ram...but I don't wanna pay for that one.

    Thanks,
    QuestionMan

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    My best guess is less than a linux server ;D

    seriously though I have no idea.

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    Anyone?

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    traffic load WAN and LAN will have to be configured.
    Are you using the Win2K for a router too.
    A mail server?
    A SQL server?
    Is it servering http, ftp, SQL to the WAN?
    Is there VPN running?
    If so how many links, clients, and what is the traffic load
    going to look like?

    You haven't given us nearly enough information to even guess.
    However, I can say from experience on a stripped out Linux or
    BSD server will run twice as fast at half the cpu bus speed with
    equal RAM and other hardware. Solaris on a Spard will run
    roughly twice the load of Linux or BSD on intel.

    Give me some information and I can give you a good idea, but
    any routing, especially email, on Win is very slow.

    ~Guitarlynn

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    It would be using Microsoft SQL2000 (probably.)
    No VPN and no mail server.

    Perhaps the computer would be set up to have 4 hard drives, so that 2 (raid 1) have the static content and the OS and the other 2 (raid 1) have database information on them.

    Is that enough information or do you need more?

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    Re: How many users will it handle?


    It would be using Microsoft SQL2000 (probably.)
    No VPN and no mail server.

    Perhaps the computer would be set up to have 4 hard drives, so that 2 (raid 1) have the static content and the OS and the other 2 have database information on them.

    Is that enough information or do you need more?
    I have a similar set up, but its not a SQL server. Its a Win2k DC, DHCP, DNS, file server, with an old FoxPro database. It has 384Mbs RAM. The OS partition is mirrored. The page file sits on its own, non-redundant volume and all data sits on a striped set (5 SCSI disks total). Right now it is easily handling an average of 80 users, thoug most of these users are using it for file serving purposes.

    My suggestion would be to set up your box the way it is, then run perfmonitor to see what resoucres are lagging before you buy more hardware. Otherwise you'll end up spending more money than you need.

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    The ram is a little on the light side, but 150 users would
    likely put it at ~90% on a heavy load. You'll probably have
    to restart it ~4 days depending on what the actual heavy
    load point is. If you could scrap the GUI it would help a lot.

    ~Guitarlynn

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    I heard another person say that likely the limiting factor will be my disk drives..do you guys think this is true?

    Would using linux increase the number of people I could handle?

    What hardware would I need to support roughly 250 people?

    Thanks for your help so far, I appreciate it.


    Aaron

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    I heard another person say that likely the limiting factor will be my disk drives..do you guys think this is true?

    Would using linux increase the number of people I could handle?

    What hardware would I need to support roughly 250 people?

    Thanks for your help so far, I appreciate it.


    Aaron
    There are many limiting factors: RAM, Processor speed, Network speed, disk access--anyone of these can theoretically be a bottleneck.

    But yes, you should think out your arrary if you want to best optomize your disk usage. If this is going to be a SQL server, I would defiantely put the data and on a hardware RAID 5 array and keep the OS on its own, seperate mirrored disks. (So yes, minimum, your looking at 5 disks, one controller). If you can, put the page file on its own disk, or at very minimum, its own non-redundant volume.

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    Re: How many users will it handle?

    Up the memory, scrap the 2k(yes it's the most stable windoze version, but it simply cannot handle as high of a load). If money is no object, and this is a high availability, I would also think about duplexing the controller and add another array. Is it a 160 on a 64bit pci or 32 bit? Can you add an additional processor? If you have to use 2k, drop as many uneeded services as possible and push the background processes priority as high as you dare. The system as is, if set up properly could handle a high load with some modifications. What is the brand of the box? More info....

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