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Re: [school-discuss] thin clients per server


I agree with you that RAM is key, anything to keep out of swap space and avoid disk hits. I don't think we'll be doing lots of writes to the disk so I'm trying to avoid the cost of SCSI RAID. We built a server last year (Win2k) and the SCSI card alone was about $400. It's cheaper imho just to stick in an extra server or two. After all, we really aren't serving that many files.

I would recommend the use of LSI (formerly symbios) SCSI cards which have worked well for me over the years and are quite inexpensive.

Again, thanks. That's the kind of info I was needing.

On Jun 11, 2005, at 2:55 AM, Edward Holcroft wrote:


I don't have any experience with the Athlon 64, but I find a P4 3GHz starts to run out steam with 25 clients running everyday apps such as OpenOffice simultaneously. RAM is probably the key part of the equation - I use 2GB RAM on a P4 with 20 workstations. This seems to be a working well for me. This is with ordinary IDE drives - no problem there although I guess SCSI would improve things. My clients are P1's with 64MB or 32MB RAM.

On 10 Jun 2005, at 6:49 PM, William Fragakis wrote:

We are looking to replace a school lab full of standalone PCs (Dell 1.6ghz Celerons) with LTSP. I'm wondering what a good client to server ratio would be using something along the lines of a Athlon64 3200 with a 10k SATA drive for the server. Mind you that we may have all the kids hitting Flash driven web sites at the same time and performance shouldn't look shabby compared to the stand alones.

The lab is the first step to converting the rest of the school.

Also, any perceptible difference in using, say 533mhz Via Eden motherboards for the clients vs. 1 ghz Edens?

Many thanks in advance.

William Fragakis
Morris Brandon Elementary