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Matt's Latest Project


Bow Down to the King
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A few months ago I lost my biggest client and a network that I built from ground up. It was like losing my first child. I've decided to create a thread for my latest project. Let's call it my new baby.

Router: Linksys RVS4000 4-Port Gigabit Security Router
Switch: Linksys SD2008 8-Port Gigabit Switch
Wireless Access Point: Linksys WAP54GP Wireless-G Access Point

Dell PowerEdge SC1430
CPU: Intel Xeon 5110 Processor (1.6GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB Cache)
RAM: 2GB 533MHz Dual Ranked Fully Buffered DIMMs
HDD: 2X WD RE2 SATA (500GB, 3.0GBPS, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache)

OS: Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise (x64)
Other: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise, Microsoft Forefront Security

This should be fun.
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Bow Down to the King
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I am installing Active Directory right now. I am probably going to end up reformatting and starting all over because this is likely a test run.

I am a perfectionist.
I'd recommend getting a SuperMicro chassis and the CPU, RAM and HDD's separately. The SM chassis use a lot less power than the Dells. The Dells just drink it down, power hungry beasts.


Bow Down to the King
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I only wanted and needed a simple, unmanaged switch. A fellow engineer said he had great luck with this Netgear switch so I went with it. For $48.00 you can't go wrong. I can always upgrade later on.

What do you recommend?
Nice. Let me know what your experiences are with Exchange 2007. :)

My current Exchange 2003 server is not a 64-bit box, so it might be a while before I build a new machine that's capable of running 2007.


F@H - Is it in you?
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I've never had a problem with my netgear equipment.

Now my linksys experience is a whole other story :)

D-link has been pretty good but a coupla bad experiences sour the deal.

To each their own. If this switch works for his needs, Matt's good to go ;)


I'm Beginning Somehow...
Wow...... That went so far over my head it was barely visible... :) But all those highclass words and numbers sound impressive.. :D Hope it works out as you planned! Good luck.

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