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  1. #1
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    Server specs for 200 Concurrent Users?

    We are hosting a forum on one of our servers, 200+ concurrent users at one time

    However, others have started noticing speed problems with the server (even though it's a dual p3 1.13)

    So, what sort of specs would a forum like this need?
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  2. #2
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    Just setup another box to run nothing but mysql.
    I'm assuming that's what you are using.

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    Yes, not our site. Client doesnt want to pay for a server either
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  4. #4
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    Sounds like the client is trying to get a free lunch.

  5. #5
    You need tons of memory and a SCSI drive. Also, tweaking your my.cnf file and other server setup files is important.

    If you don't want to get a new server for the MySQL load, just max out the memory. I have a forum with MySQL and vbulletin on the same server - we average 130-200 on at once with server loads always under 0.2-0.5, but I have 2 GB RAM, and dual AMD MP 1800, and a SCSI drive.
    *noobie on the loose*

  6. #6
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    Is the forum software written in php? If so then you should maybe take a look at phpa - http://www.phpa.co.uk - php caching engine. It increased the speed of our forum by 200%.

  7. #7
    We are only able to help if you provide more information. SCSI or IDE drives? How much memory? Which forum software?

    A dual p3 1.13 should do very fine with this kind of load unless you are low on memory. The most common reason for a slow forum is a not optimized database / mySQL.

  8. #8
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    Yeah.. I'd have to agree with a few people here..

    You might look into tweaking the box more, but if that doesn't help, give them a choice, leave and find another shared host that might take them, or go dedicated...
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