Hardware Environment

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The server farm used Hewlett Packard DL380 G2 and DL 580servers. These servers were chosen because they and their partswere readily available in the laboratory, the operations personnelwere familiar with the equipment, and its Compaq Insight Manager(CIM) centralized integration with the laboratory'smonitoring and instrumentation tool, Microsoft Operations Manager(MOM) 2000 and MOM 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Servers provided byother vendors work well in similar server farm configurations, butthis paper deals with the configuration specific to the InternetPlatform and Operations deployment.

Figure 1 is a diagram of the server farm and the network. Formore information about configuring the servers and the hardwareused in the server farm, see Windows SharePoint Services Hosting Configuration and Experience , the first paperin this series. For more information about configuring the networkand load balancing solutions, see Windows SharePoint Services Network and Load Balancing Design , the third paper in thisseries.

Figure 1 Server farm configuration


  1. Public DNS servers

  2. Internet

  3. Router (Cisco Systems)

  4. Load balancer (F5 Networks BIG-IP)

  5. Load balancer (F5 Networks BIG-IP)

  6. Front-end Web server farm (six servers)

  7. SMTP and DNS server

  8. Terminal services, debugging, and administration server

  9. SQL Server server 1

  10. SQL Server server 2

  11. SQL Server server 3

  12. SQL Server server 4

  13. SAN unit (Hewlett Packard)

  14. Active Directory domain controller 1

  15. Active Directory domain controller 2

  16. MOM server

  17. Backup server (Veritas software)

  18. Backup tape device

  19. HTML transformation server

  20. Imaging and installation server (Altiris deploymentserver)

  21. Router (Cisco Systems)

  22. Edge network