If you could relay this information in this format I would appreciated it to no end:
1. Moodle Version(?)
Thank you very much!
E-Learning Specialist for Alliant International University
Dual Xeon 2.8 64bit
4* 120 GB HD SATA 100 RAID5
Moodle latest stable
To describe the use: we have between 5000 and 10000 log entries daily.
- Intel 800MHz PIII
- 256MB PC100
- 40 GB IDE hard drive
- 10/100 ethernet
- Edubuntu 6.06LTS
- Apache 2.0.55
- MySQL 5.0.24a
- PHP 5.1.6
- Zend Engine v2.1.0
- eAccelerator v0.9.5
- Moodle 1.6.2
New server waiting to come online (pending data migration and testing):
- AMD X2 5200 64 Bit machine
- 4 GB DDR2
- Dual 320 GB SATAs w/16Mb buffers in RAID 1
- 10/100/1000 ethernet (Gigabit router, switches and NICs)
- Edubuntu 7.04
- Automatix2 (not recommended/supported by the Ubuntu developers)
- Apache 2.2.3
- MySQL 5.0.38
- PHP 5.2.1
- Webmin 1.370
- Zend Engine v2.2.0 (not that you have to install this)
- eAccelerator v0.9.5.2
- Moodle 1.6.3 [I’ve upgraded to 1.8.2 and am evaluating it to ensure a (deem able) successful migration and testing sequence completed.]
I think it important to note and highly recommend EdUbuntu as it comes with everything you need to get started (Apache, MySQL, PHP and Moodle 1.6.3). Once you have your machine assembled you can have a functional Moodle site in less than 2 hours including the installation of the Edubuntu OS (with the above hardware my machine was functional in less than an hour that includes adding the Automatix, Webmin and eAccelerator).
The first server described services <200 current end users and growing, with approximately <60 simultaneous connections, hosting 6 course with multiple sections in each. The first machine mentioned cost a whopping $25 in hardware cost (purchased from my previous employer prior to outsourcing of my job). The machine has been purposely restarted 2-3 times in the past year for system (OS) updates, and restarted on its own due to power failures (rectified now with the addition of a UPS). With the software described (all open source) the original $25 is the total cost for a small functional Moodle system. It has served me well. With gratitude I gladly pay homage to both the Edubuntu and Moodle developers.
The second cost less than $500 in hardware and again $0 in software. Open source is the only way to go for ease of use, configuration, management and cost. I’ve managed Windows networks with IIS and Apache as well as Linux networks with Apache. I highly recommend a Linux installation to minimize frustration and expense. This advice comes from an admin turned educator. As a science instructor the value of the first machine has been priceless. I expect nothing less from the second server as well. I hope to have it online between semesters.
It will be interesting to see all the responses this thread generates.
Server 2: dual-processor Mac G5, 1 GB RAM -- we use this for archived courses from previous semesters). Moodle 1.6, Apple's Apache.
Server 3: Pentium 4 2.00 GHZ with 2 GB RAM -- we use this for our students to create their own courses (we run an on-line graduate degree program for working educators, so it's useful for them to have a machine of their own to bang around on). Moodle 1.8, Ubuntu, Apache2.
We have about 3500-4000 students a semester. About 200 of our faculty are currently using Blackboard (increasing every semester). 400 courses are available this semester.