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  • We have a CRM 4.0 server running on Win2k3 32 bit, xeon processor 8 gb or ram, 50 users. On it we are also running Sharepoint 2007.
    We are facing performance issues since installing sharepoint.  My first thought was well we are running a 32 bit os and only using 4 gb of ram so lets upgrade to a 64 bit os and add some ram.
    Well boss is entertaining the idea of a new server witha  ton of ram and 64 bit os. I don't think this is necessary.  What is a the biggest resource hog for sharepoint and CRM? 
    What about gettign a smaller application/IIS server to host sharepoint and CRM and leave the database on the existing server?  Is the 32bit OS reall as big a bottleneck as I believe it is?

    Your thoughts and opinions appreciated


    Withers
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8:32 PM

Answers

  • Hi Withers,

    THis is a very hard question to answer acurately without looking at perfmon logs.  However, a couple suggestions:
      --32bit vs 64bit.  In my opinion the biggest advantage is the ability to address more memory.  Definately suggest 64bit with a ton of memory.
      --Spend sometime looking at perfmon.  your issue could be disk resource constraints.....how is sql setup?  does sql have its own drives for logs and data??
      --If you are running sql + crm + sharepoint 07 all with 50 users on a single box and single set of drives, then my guess you are having resource issues -- your best friend for the next couple of days should be perfmon :-)


    Alex Fagundes - www.PowerObjects.com
    • Marked as answer by David Withers Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:09 PM
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8:50 PM

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  • Hi Withers,

    THis is a very hard question to answer acurately without looking at perfmon logs.  However, a couple suggestions:
      --32bit vs 64bit.  In my opinion the biggest advantage is the ability to address more memory.  Definately suggest 64bit with a ton of memory.
      --Spend sometime looking at perfmon.  your issue could be disk resource constraints.....how is sql setup?  does sql have its own drives for logs and data??
      --If you are running sql + crm + sharepoint 07 all with 50 users on a single box and single set of drives, then my guess you are having resource issues -- your best friend for the next couple of days should be perfmon :-)


    Alex Fagundes - www.PowerObjects.com
    • Marked as answer by David Withers Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:09 PM
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8:50 PM
  • I like your suggestions, i had forgot all about perfmon! 
    With one raid controller, would spliting up a data drive really add any performance increase?
    Right now we have teh standard mirrored os drives and a Raid 5 set for data.
    Withers
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:11 PM
  • As an aside, with PAE enabled, if its 2ke Enterprise SP2, you should be able to get it to recognise more RAM.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778(VS.85).aspx

    Leon Tribe

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    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:14 AM
  • Drop is a few SSD, raid zoom zoom zoom... SMILE

    They are so fast!

    Dean Jones
    http://www.powerobjects.com
    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 1:13 PM
  • Leon I have enabled ?PAE? for SQL server and while it did speed things up for SQL server there is still overhead.
    Withers
    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 3:20 PM