First time poster but a fairly long time reader who is looking for
some guidance on a couple XServe questions.
I am planning on purchasing an XServe to provide general internet
hosting and mail service and replace my dying Cobalt RaQ. I have been
testing an installation of Mac OS X Server on an iMac in my office
with good results and think that it will do the job fairly nicely.
My questions pertain to the specification of the unit itself.
1. Single or Dual processor. Looking at the logs on my RaQ the
processor seems to be averaging between 2 and 2.5 on a single
processor. I am leaning towards a single processor model but wanted
some opinions on the benefits of a dual processor.
The dual will be more responsive, and in general will be faster. The
question is, do you need the extra speed. I tend to think duals are
always a good idea in servers, if you can afford it.
2. The stock single processor unit comes with a single drive bay
filled. Obviously I want to add at least one more drive so that I can
setup a mirrored RAID for data security. Two subparts to this
2.1 Can the XServe G5 support RAID 5?
Yes, with the available PCI hardware RAID card (a $500 option that
takes one of the PCI slots).
2.2 Can additional drives be added to the RAID without having to wipe
the existing drives and reinstall everything?
Not for RAID 5. For RAID 1, yes (RAID 1 doesn't require the HW RAID
One other note -- the Xserve G5 does not ship with video by default.
If you're more comfortable with a monitor, you'll want to add the $99
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