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Hardware requirements for Community Connect 4.3 (Windows Server 2008 R2)
Published Date : 20 May 2011   Last Updated : 29 Nov 2016   Content Ref: TEC1894426  





Requirements

Community Connect® 4.3 first server partitioning

Community Connect 4.3 (CC4.3) first servers are configured with three partitions. 

Below is a table displaying how the disk partitions are configured on a factory built server.

Number of fixed disks or RAID arrays (disk/array number) 1 (1-599 clients) 2 (600+ clients)
Partitions    
C 50GB or 100GB 50GB or 100GB or whole disk (disk 1)
D 50GB 50GB (disk 2)
H 30GB 30GB (disk 2)
Factory backup 70GB 70GB (disk 2)


CC4.3 first servers configured for SAN installs
New factory built RM servers that will be used with a SAN can be configured with smaller D and H partitions than those stated above. This allows the configuration of smaller hard disk sizes, which reduces the amount of unused space once the server has been commissioned to the SAN. If your first server is to be commissioned to a SAN, please discuss this with your account manager.

Partition C contains the operating system and always resides on the first disk volume. The disk should be configured to a minimum of 50GB; 100GB capacity is recommended to future-proof and allow enough space for third party software installs. If a RM factory built server is purchased with CC4.3 pre-installed with two disk volumes configured, there is a third configurable option to use the whole of the first disk for partition C. On Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2  installs, the C partition can be extended in size if there are no other partitions on the same disk or RAID array.

Partition D contains primarily application packages, computer driver files and the CC4 database. As an example, application packages for Microsoft® Office® 2010 will take up to 1.4GB while some Adobe® CS packages will take up to 10GB of space. The more packages and driver packs that are installed, the larger the D partition will need to be. Also note that applications such as RM Virus Protect (RMVP) will also take up space on this partition. Before any application and driver pack software is installed during commissioning the amount of space used is about 20GB. Partition D can be extended in size if there is available unpartitioned disk space on the server.

Partition H contains stored user data and profile information. The amount of space on the CC4 first server for users to store their data and profiles is determined by the size of the H partition and the number of user shares that are required. The amount of space each user needs will be dependent upon what kind of data will be stored on the server. Microsoft Office documents will take up less space than multimedia files. Some third party applications also install data in the user area (some Adobe applications require 50MB of space for each user share). User shares can be moved to a User Storage server as an option which will alleviate the load on the first server as well as allow dedicated disk capacity to be used. Partition H can be extended in size if there is available unpartitioned disk space on the server.

Below is a table for user share sizes in Gigabytes depending upon the number of users and the size of the H partition on the CC4.3 first server:

Amount of space in Gigabytes for each user profile on the H partition of a CC4.3 first server

No of users

100

200

300 400 500
H Partition (GB)          
30

0.3

0.15 0.1 0.075 0.06
50 0.5 0.25 0.167 0.125 0.1
100 1 0.5 0.333 0.25 0.2
200 2 1 0.667 0.5 0.4
300 3 1.5 1 0.75 0.6
400 4 2 1.333 1 0.8
500 5 2.5 1.667 1.25 1

The CC4.3 first server factory build also installs a backup partition which is specifically for recovery purposes during commissioning. This backup partition will be deleted during commissioning before D and H partitions are extended.

Once the number of users and their share size requirements is known, then the size of H partition can be calculated.


CPU requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 is a 64-bit operating system. This requires the CPU to be 64-bit compatible. The server mainboard must also have driver support for Windows Server 2008 R2. The following table shows hardware compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2.

RM range name 64-bit capable RM driver support
RackServ XL Yes Yes
DualServ XL Yes Yes
RackServ Pro Yes No (third party only)
DualServ Pro Yes No (third party only)
RM ecoquiet server No No

Where stated with RM driver support, device drivers are available on the RM website. Older RM server ranges have not been validated for use with Windows Server 2008 R2 and may require driver installs from the server mainboard manufacturer website.


 

Minimum specifications for existing Community Connect 3 servers that are upgraded to Community Connect 4.3

If an existing CC3 server is upgraded to a CC4.3 Forest Root domain controller, then the hardware specifications should adhere to the following minimum specifications:

Forest Root domain
controller server

Minimum
<99 computers

100-300 computers

300-600 computers

>600 computers

Operating system

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Processor

2 x P4 Xeon
(64-Bit compatible CPU)

2 x Dual core 2.0GHz Xeon
(64-bit compatible)

2 x Dual core 2.0GHz Xeon
(64-bit compatible)

2 x Quad Core 2.66GHz Xeon
(64-bit compatible)

Memory (RAM)

4 GB*1

4 GB

4 GB

4 GB

Hard drives *2

1 x 150 GB SATA

2 x 147 GB SAS RAID 1

3 x 147 GB SAS RAID 5

2 x 73 GB SAS RAID 1 + 3 x 147 GB SAS RAID 5

Network card

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

*1We recommend that legacy servers with 2 GB of memory should be upgraded to 4 GB for installation as a CC4.3 first server. We are unable to provide performance support for CC4.3 servers configured with 2 GB of memory.

*2 50 GB C partition can be configured on the first fixed disk or RAID array with the listed hard disk specifications. Smaller disk sizes are possible compared to those listed for new CC4.3 servers as a factory backup partition requires additional space along with additional C partition size options.

For existing CC3 servers that are upgraded to CC4.3 additional and member servers, you should adhere to the minimum server specification listed below. Dual core CPUs will perform better than older faster single core processors.

Additional/Member servers

Minimum recommended specification

Operating system

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Processor

2GHz or better (64-bit compatible)

Memory (RAM)

2GB or better

Hard drives

147GB

Network card

Gigabit

 


Minimum recommended specifications for new Community Connect 4.3 servers

The minimum specifications listed below for the CC4.3 Forest Root domain controllers are recommended for each network size. However, depending on your requirements, these may have to be bettered. For example depending on how much application and user data is stored on the server, the hard disk volume sizes may have to be increased.

Forest Root domain
controller server

Minimum
<99 computers

100-299 computers

300-599 computers

>600 computers

Operating system

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Processor

1 x 2.13GHz (Quad core) Xeon

2 x 2.13GHz (Quad Core) Xeon

2 x 2.4GHz (Quad Core) Xeon

2 x 2.66GHz (Quad Core) Xeon

Memory (RAM)

2 GB

4 GB

4 GB

8 GB

Hard drives

1 x 150 GB SATA

2 x 147 GB RAID 1

3 x 147 GB RAID 5

2 x 147 GB RAID 1 + 3 x 300 GB RAID 5*5

Network card

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

1 Gigabit

Backup device

RDX*3*6

RDX*3*6

LTO4*3 *4*6

LTO4*3 *4

*3 The selected backup solution will depend on the your requirements. If you are going to use an external backup solution (such as D2D2T), then an internal backup device is not required.

*4 If you will be using a tape backup solution, then you will also need to purchase third party backup software, as there is no native support for tape drives in Windows Server Backup, which is installed with Windows Server 2008 R2.

*5 This can be changed to 2 x 147GB SAS RAID 1 and 3 x 147 GB SAS RAID 5 if a User Storage server is configured in addition to the first server.

*6 LTO3 is a suitable alternative for the backup devices listed*4.

For new CC4.3 additional and member servers, you should adhere to the following minimum server specification. Please note that this specification will need to be bettered depending on the role of the server.

 

Additional/member servers

Minimum recommended specification

Operating system

Windows Server 2008 R2

Processor

2GHz or better (64-bit compatible)

Memory (RAM)

2GB or better

Disk capacity

147 GB*7

Network card

1 Gigabit

*7 Can be 500GB SATA fixed disk or 2x147 GB SAS RAID 1 (or better) if higher performance is required.
If the server is to have third party management software installed such as SIMS or Exchange® software, then it can be a non-CC4.3 member server.

 


Recommended computer specifications for Community Connect 4.3

Operating System

Processor

>Memory

Hard drive

Network card

Graphics card

Windows® XP SP3 Professional

Dual Core CPU

1GB

40GB

Notebooks -5400rpm

Desktops -7200rpm

100Mb Ethernet

minimum

1024x768

32 bit colour

Windows 7

Dual Core CPU

2GB

80GB

Notebooks -5400rpm

Desktops -7200rpm

100Mb Ethernet

minimum

DirectX 9 Graphics Controller

Note: For Windows XP builds, the computer BIOS must support hard drives in IDE (compatibility) mode. AHCI mode is not supported on Windows XP. However, AHCI mode is supported on CC4.3 for computers running Windows 7.

If the graphics chipset uses the system memory, this will need to be increased to up to 2GB.

Note: Meeting the recommended hardware requirements does not necessarily imply full device driver support for older legacy hardware.



More Information

  • CC4.3 first servers that will be commissioned to a SAN can be configured with smaller hard drive sizes than the minimum specified in this article. When configuring a CC4.3 first server for above 100 users (i.e. RAID configuration), configure a single RAID 1 array. This will then allow a new partition option to be present for 50GB Server Partition (for SAN configurations only). Once this option has been selected it is possible to configure 2 x 147GB hard drives. With this configuration, the D and H partitions are configured with 30GB and 5GB sizes respectively. These partitions are copied to the SAN during commissioning and increased in size to meet the customer requirements.
  • Please note that minimum specifications previously documented will still be supported. This includes computers installed with Windows XP which have 256 MB of memory, and additional servers meeting the minimum specification of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2GHz Processor, 1 GB of system memory, one 73 GB hard drive and a Gigabit Ethernet port. However, you may experience performance issues and therefore we recommend the specification documented in this technical article as a minimum.

  • We recommend that CC4.3 servers should be connected to 1 Gigabit (or better) switches.

  • In order for a computer to be rebuilt onto a CC4.3 network using the Station Rebuild process, it must be bootable either from a USB-HDD or USB-CD-ROM type device, or from an internal CD/DVD drive. Please check the computer BIOS for external device boot compatibility.
    Alternatively, computers can be added to the CC4.3 network using the Smart Client process.


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