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    Default Advice wanted on Untangle hardware spec...

    Just wanted an opinion on the server spec I'm planning on using for our Untangle server.

    I've installed it on our old Exchange server. It was spare and meant zero cost to get Untangle installed.

    The spec is as follows:-

    Dell PowerEdge 2.4Ghz Celeron
    1.8Gb RAM
    80Gb Hard drive
    On-board nic
    PCI nic

    It will be supporting 50 users.

    Is this likely to run Untangle OK ?

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    Celerons aren't that strong for Untangle..especially if you're having lots of downloading and e-mail traffic to check for viruses and spam. If you're just using it for basic web surfing...it'll do OK. She won't be a ball of fire.

    Also unknown are what brand NICs..those will make a huge difference. The onboard on the little entry level Dell server (sounds like an SC600 series...basically a glorified Dimension desktop) is probably a Broadcom..those are OK. Intels and 3COM seem to be the strongest for Untangle. Unknown PCI NIC. The cheaper more "software driven" NICs like realteks don't do well under Untangle.

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    are we talking a dual or single core celeron?
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    Single core Celeron.

    It will be used for general web surfing and email traffic (lots of it) although all spam checking is done by our Exchange server.

    I guess I really need to just try it and see how it fares.

    Presumably the next step up for the number of users I have is a dual core system. No way will I get the thumbs up for a new PowerEdge though - are standard Dell dual core desktops OK??

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    frankly I would invest in a higher end box..either build one yourself or head to:
    http://www.untangleappliances.com/

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    The second you say "Exchange" behind Untangle, my first reaction is straight to quad core...
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    with 50 users? he won't need a quad to filter 50 users irregardless of exchange or not.

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    You can certainly try it and see how it works. I would disable SMTP scanning on SPAM Blocker and Virus Blocker if you are processing a lot of email otherwise it will probably grind to a halt. You should be able to get away with tarpit enabled.

    Good luck!

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    Hmm is that the legendary humor of sky knight trying to peek out

    Dual core 2gb RAM should be sufficient. Recommend getting intel NICs too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hescominsoon View Post
    with 50 users? he won't need a quad to filter 50 users irregardless of exchange or not.
    I have 60 users, and an Exchange 2008 box down the street. They routinely push that quad xeon 2.4 to the wall. You think that last 10 users put them over?

    So no, I was being dead serious. Both AV modules, Spam module, and spam booster + moderately busy exchange server = needs GOBS OF CPU!

    You can reduce load by not using the spam module to a degree... and don't even think of trying this without hardware interfaces.
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