Determining System Requirements for Terminal Servers

We’ve looked at disk, processor, and memory internals in some detail. Armed with your newfound knowledge, answer this: If you have a server running 32-bit Windows Server 2008 standard edition with 16 GB of RAM with PAE enabled, a 3-disk array, 2 dual-core processors, and a gigabit network, how many end users can this terminal server support?

The answer, of course, is that it depends on what those end users are doing.

Many times, when you’re choosing hardware to support a given situation, you can take a well-established path to choose the hardware. Look at the product documentation for the operating system you plan to run and the software you want to buy, and it’s easy to tell what the hardware ...

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