I have been using moodle since 1.5 and have recently encouraged the college I work at to use moodle. My experiance with moodle has been on a small scale so I have a couple quetions.
2. Our college as approximately 1500 users/students that would be using this installation. Would this be considered a large/medum/small installation? And how much server power would any of you recommend. we are currently looking at a P4 HT 3.4GHZ dedicated server with 1mb Ram and 200GB SATAII hard drive. We will also have an additional 300GB storage on another hosted server for media. Will this suffice for 1500 users.
Thank you for any advise/help/answers, Greatly appreciated.
Long answer: http://docs.moodle.org/en/LDAP_authentication and there's a whole forum dedicated to "User Authentication" http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=42
Q2. The number of users is the wrong figure to estimate server load. As you can guess, the server feels only the intensity of usage, measured in number of concurrent users. If that has a peak, you have to build the server for the peak (unfortunately).
I'm not aware of any categorization on size, my very rough guess would be
- < 1000 small
- > 1000 < 5000 lower medium
- > 5000 < 10000 upper medium
- > 10000 large
The hardware doesn't tell the whole story. The operating system, the other software components (web-server, database server, PHP, Moodle), caching (database and PHP) and fine tuning of those components matter a lot.
You'll find a lot discussions and useful hints in this forum. Here is a summary for the impatient http://docs.moodle.org/en/Performance