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I'm trying to decide which spare server I should use to build a backup file/print server. These are both Dell PE2950 machines that haven't been used in about a year or so. One has 2 2.0 ghz quad core procs, and the other has 2 3.0 ghz dual core procs. None of these are the Nehalem procs since they're 2-3 years old.


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Unless you're expecting a hell of a lot of load I'd use the 2 x 3Ghz Duals so you can use the 2 x 2Ghz Quads for something that'll need it.

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Whichever one you go for, why not make it a virtual machine, so you can migrate it easily, plus be able to use some of the spare horsepower in the future?

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I thought about that. Our main file server is a VM, but I need to use all the available storage for this file server, plus I wouldn't want to waste a VMWare license on a host with a single VM. – Josh Apr 1 '10 at 17:36

I would go for the Quads. You don't typically have lots of computation load on a file/print server, and Quad core cpus tend to perform better in IO intensive situations. That way you can also save the faster CPU's for when you need a server for something more computationally intensive such as a build server.

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