5.0 Server Specs....again

Tim,

30 users ....

I'd suggest:

* a dual-600 up to a dual-1000 P-III
* 512 to 1 gig of RAM ( memory is cheap these days )
* dedicated server ( just Vantage -- not a print server or anything else )
* 6 drives mirrored 3/3 or raid 0/1 ... Operating system on 1st pair -
vantage on 2nd and 3rd pairs. AVOID RAID-5 drive arrays !!! Also, if you
can afford the 10,000 rpm SCSI drives instead of the 7,200 rpm drives - go
for it. You are better off with 6 -- 9 gig drives mirrored instead of one
27 gig drive ! ( also, when you configure your RAID controller for
mirroring make SURE that you turn OFF the write cache ! )
* 100 mips NIC as a minimum ... personal preference would be to use a dual
port Intel NIC which is actually -2- 100 mips cards
* Cisco 2924XL switch or something equivalent --- this is a full 100 mips
switch that supports port binding which allows the dual port nic to be
configured as a 2 x 100 x full duplex or 400 mips pipe. ( you can actually
bind several of these cards if you want an 800 mips pipe )
* Cisco 2924XL switches or equivalent for your departments. Again, you can
run multiple cables ( 2 or 4 ) from your lower level switches to your upper
level switches and use the port binding logic to create 400 or 800 mips
pipes for your backbone segments.
* On the desktop ... P 500 with 256 meg of RAM and 7200 rpm drives ... with
100 mips cards or again - use the intel dual port cards for key PC's that
require more bandwidth.

Translation ... Try to configure your network with consistent speed and
bandwidth.

Fast servers running on 10 mips hubs are a waste of money.
Fast switches with slow servers is also a waste of money.
Fast servers and fast switches feeding P-133 PC's with 16 meg of RAM is a
waste of money.

Go for .... fast drives feeding fast RAID controllers feeding fast CPU's
with lots of RAM feeding fast switches feeding fast clients ....

Todd Anderson


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Care [mailto:ecfmis@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 2:58 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] 5.0 Server Specs....again....


In reading the Epicor documents about server
specs, our current server should be adequate.
When testing with 3 maybe 4 users at a time, we
never really saw a problem. Now that all thirty or
our users are running, we are dragging. High Processor
utilization, slow screen refreshes, etc. Our environment
relies on Report builder reports, some custom mods
that do mass backflushing, and a custom data
collection screen.

For those of you who are running 5.0, or who
have tested 5.0, what would you consider to
be the MINIMUM specs of a server needed to
run Vantage/eMfg? What would you consider to
be an IDEAL configuration?

Thanks for any and all suggestions and recommendations.



Tim Care
Electro Chemical Finishing



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[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
In reading the Epicor documents about server
specs, our current server should be adequate.
When testing with 3 maybe 4 users at a time, we
never really saw a problem. Now that all thirty or
our users are running, we are dragging. High Processor
utilization, slow screen refreshes, etc. Our environment
relies on Report builder reports, some custom mods
that do mass backflushing, and a custom data
collection screen.

For those of you who are running 5.0, or who
have tested 5.0, what would you consider to
be the MINIMUM specs of a server needed to
run Vantage/eMfg? What would you consider to
be an IDEAL configuration?

Thanks for any and all suggestions and recommendations.



Tim Care
Electro Chemical Finishing