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Jon_AK

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In the process of replacing an aging I7 based server with 32g memory running 2008R2, Active Directory, Office365/Azure sync, Threattrack Endpoint Security and 20 network clients.  I am tossed between a dual Xeon based system and the newer I7.  I like the dual Xeon with the prospect of it being able to handle the load better when the network is busy.  Currently, the server response gets sluggish with all the activity during the day.

One system I have considered is the HP Proliant with the dual V4 Xeon & 64g memory.  This would be the first pre-built system I have purchased since my first PC in 1986, but typically I have built all of the client and server machines.

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Mmmm seems like overkill.  Just get a nice quiet Xeon D system and you're good to go.  No reason to even consider dual sockets with that low a memory need.

For even lower cost get a poweredge T30 and slap some SSDs in it.
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Only thought of the dual Xeon in hopes of quelling complaints about server speed.  The real problem is the continual need to scan each and every file that comes into or get opened on our network.  Was hit with the cryptolock malware two times due to a user clicking on a link....even after being told a few times to not do that.  At any rate, my backup fixed the first one, Threattrack caught the second one but only because of scanning every file that gets opened.  So.... I thought of a dual Xeon.

I did consider SSD's but from what I have seen so far, they are just to pricey for the amount of storage you get.  Will take a look though at the Xeon D platform.  Appreciate the input....
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Xeon D has up to 16 cores.  No need to go dual socket just to scale core count anymore.  I'm pretty sure an 8 core box would do what you need.

SSDs are worth it and will solve a lot of performance issues too.  Are you sure CPU is your bottleneck?  Hard to believe with only 20 users.  How much storage do you need total?

Sounds like you need to implement applocker on the system side.
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