We have a number of branch offices where having an AD/DNS server would make a big difference to user experience. The following characteristics apply:
- There is no air conditioned server room, and no budget to set one up
- Offices are located in developing world, so high temperature, humidity and dust are common
- There are no IT staff in these offices
- Getting replacement parts generally means sending something from Europe
- Small form factor is preferred due to logistical challenges of transporting equipment to the office
- Offices have 2-25 users
I've been thinking about the possibility of deploying low powered flash based mini PCs running Windows 2008 R2 as Read Only Domain Controllers. I see it is possible to get Mini ITX devices with Atom 1.6GHz processor, 2Gb of RAM and mSATA flash based storage (32Gb) (e.g. Soekris net6501-70) This looks like it will meet the minimum requirements for running Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Has anyone rolled out a production system like this and able to share experience?
- Am I wrong to think that fanless/solid-state drives are better given the environmental conditions?
- Would 32Gb storage be sufficient for running RODC for our size of domain (800 users, Group Policy under review)?