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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Making Hardware Design Decisions

An important part of the design process is determining the appropriate hardware to allocate for the SharePoint 2003 servers. This is both an art and a science and requires an understanding of the immediate and future needs of the company: How much data will be managed and how it will be accessed, who will support the environment, and what redundancy and service levels are expected by the user community. Understanding the budget before spending a lot of time crafting the ideal configuration can be a good idea. Designing the ideal load-balanced web farm with clustered SQL 2000 servers may be a waste of time if the budget can only afford a single server.

Some key questions to answer before the specifics are addressed ...

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