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Any suggestions of the hardware config for a single frontend WSS3 server? The database is on another server so it will just be running Sharepoint. Raid Config? RAM? Will start as Win2k3 64bit.


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@Pat: this is a really open ended question. Any idea about possible usage? (Number of Users? Sites? Documents?, etc.) – MattB Mar 16 '10 at 18:38
At this point only about 4-6 sites with ~100 users. One site will be for Solid Edge (engineering app) document library. I often setup a server with mirrored root and Raid 5 data but am wondering if that is necessary with the Sharepoint data been held on the DB server? – Pat Mar 18 '10 at 12:08

Raid Config 1. Raid1 OS 2. Raid2 ISS, Sharepoint, Website

Hard to say for memory and CPU, consider usage budget lifespan etc.

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Your use case seems pretty minimal, so I would say you can get away with pretty minimal requirements.

  • At least 4gb ram
  • OS/SharePoint install on local disk
  • SharePoint "data"/IIS websites maybe on RAID 5 (or better RAID 10) but not necessarily. If you do move things out to a faster RAID system it would help to make sure your pagefile goes there too.

Now, if you plan on implementing Search Server Express on top of WSS, I would say you need to up the ram to 8gb and put the search indexes out on some fast RAID 10.

Here is the documentation for WSS performance planning:

And here is the link for Search Server:

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Thanks for the information. I was looking at the bare min of just two mirrored drives seeing as the data is on the sql box but after reading your reply I am guessing I would have some bottle neck issues with the iis sites and page file? Am I correct in thinking there isn't much data stored locally as far as Sharepoint is concerned? – Pat Mar 18 '10 at 16:14
I agree - the RAID5/10 for SharePoint website info isn't a deal breaker, especially at your usage level. – MattB Mar 19 '10 at 13:06

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