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  • Offline ERU

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Server help
on: October 01, 2018, 21:31:17 PM
Hi all,
I’m looking for some advice and guidance as we contract ‘in’ a local IT company to sort IT issues.
Recently the server: had a single raid HDD failure, but when the ‘new’ HDD was put in to rebuild, it seems the Domain Controller (catalogue of all PCs and users accounts) also packed in… The server is setup with x2 HDD drives for a (raid) Windows Server OS and x2 HDD drives for (raid) data/virtual servers. The IT techs said they would let us know if the Domain Controller becomes usable again! Thereafter, the Domain Controller restore didn’t work...
They were unable to unable to fix the Domain Controller. As such, they suggested a new Domain must be created, all (200 ish) user accounts recreated, all PC and laptops visited manually and joined to the new Domain and everyone’s user data moved to their new accounts.
By now we were on the fourth day of ‘day rate’… We had no choice but to agree, as people couldn’t work.   
The above was setup onto their loan server, where they managed to restore the data back from the other single working HDD. They could browse through the data etc, but the restore, and subsequent turning on of the Virtual server produced a lot of errors - so potentially the odd file might not open / behave unexpectedly.
The latest is these two quotes, for a new server we now apparently need (despite buying a bespoke one from another IT company about 3 years ago)… I guess they are claiming the raid controller isn’t working? As a Domain Controller is just software?

Quote 1 (2 servers recommended by IT company - one for redundancy):
 -HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Performance - tower - Xeon Silver 4110 2.1 GHz - 16 GB (1,422.00 x 2 = £2,844.00)
 -HPE SmartMemory - DDR4 - 16 GB (211.14 x 2 = £422.28)
 -HPE Midline - hard drive - 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s  (121.99 x 8 = £975.92)
 -Microsoft®WindowsServerSTDCORE 2016 Sngl Academic OLP 16Licenses NoLevel CoreLic (196.55 x 2 = £393.10)
@ £5576.76

Quote 2 (possibly best with some sort of cloud based service?):
-HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Performance - tower - Xeon Silver 4110 2.1 GHz - 16 GB (1,422.00 x 1 = £1,422.00)
 -HPE SmartMemory - DDR4 - 16 GB (211.14 x 1 = £211.14)
 -HPE Midline - hard drive - 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s  (121.99 x 4 = £487.96)
 -Microsoft®WindowsServerSTDCORE 2016 Sngl Academic OLP 16Licenses NoLevel CoreLic (196.55 x 1 = £196.55)
@ £2795.58
What should I be worried about? If anything?

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  • Offline Clock'd 0Ne

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Re: Server help
Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 06:41:21 AM
Bloody hell they really are milking it while physical servers breathe their last gasp... You should be aiming to get everything in the cloud as soon as possible really, managing your own infrastructure and servers via extortionate contractors is no longer necessary. Go for the Cloud based option and then start looking into how quickly you can get fully migrated to cloud services over the next few years.

  • Offline neXus

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Re: Server help
Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 05:08:20 AM
I would really not bother now outside of Azure and Amazon. The prices scale and having the virtual hosting, data and server management and resources all with the cloud services is soo good, why would you need to use them.
Adobe Cloud is all in Amazon and they did a deal and moving it to Microsofts and Netflix runs on Amazon (And the reason why it took a little while to come to Australia waiting for the Amazon Data centre) and run off all the features.

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