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    Hi guys....

    is there a limit on the amount of server services allowed to run on a single server in a production environment?

    ex.. DNS, ACTIVE dir, DHCP, Fileserver on a single server.
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    There's no limit. Of course you'll need a beefy server to run lots of services. The more users that connect to those resources, the more the server's performance will degrade.

    Also, it's not very secure to run all those services on the same system. I know this isn't an answer to your question, but I figured I'd throw this in anyways. Shouldn't increase the attack surface of your DCs by running extra services on them.
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    Precisely why I don't like canned solutions like SBS.
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    ok fine.....

    but lets say we have a department with with 50 xp machines how would u best tally the amount of servers needed and the types of service to run on em?
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    Well I would have at least 3 servers personally (if it were up to me). One would be the DC (and DNS), one for File and Printer sharing, and the last one for an additional DC with WINS and DHCP. What other services do you need, or this a hypothetical situation? Another scenario would be 2 DC's, one with WINS/DHCP and Exchange and the other with your File and Printers. I just don't like all my eggs in one basket. I do understand that it can be unavoidable in some situations.

    SBS jams all of the above, plus a firewall and SQL on the same box. Ridiculous in my opinion.
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    ok, kool.....

    i guess fault tolerance and security is the key issue..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by elover_jm
    ok, kool.....

    i guess fault tolerance and security is the key issue..........
    After money...
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