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PGP Server Requirements

(For those considering running their own server)

PGP Universal Server Certified Hardware List - Valid12/15/08 through 12/15/09 Please obtain the latest copy of this list from the PGP Universal Server Release Notes available here before making final hardware purchasing decisions.The following systems are certified for use as the hardware for PGP Universal Server:

  1. Dell PowerEdge 2950 - Dual Quad-Core Intel XEON L5420 @ 2.50 GHz - 8 GB RAM - DVD-ROM
    Four 146 GB 15K SAS HD - PERC6/i RAID
    Redundant Power Supply
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
    (See the Additional Information section for more information on using PGP Universal Server with this system.)
    • Note: This model requires an external network card to be compatible with PGP Universal Server. The default Broadcom NetExtreme II BCM5708 Gigabit Ethernet controller does not work with PGP Universal Server and is not supported.
    • The following external network card is supported:
           Intel 10/100/1000
           Dual/Quad port - Intel 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet controller
           Intel LAN Card: D33682
  2. Dell PowerEdge SC1435 - 2x Quad-Core AMD Opteron 2347HE @ 1.9 GHz - 4 GB RAM
    2 x 250 GB SATA
    Small/medium environment production unit
  3. IBM System x3650 - Quad-Core Intel XEON E5345 - 8 GB RAM
    3 x 73 GB 15K RPM 3.5" Hot-Swap SAS - SeveRAID-8k
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
  4. IBM BladeCenter HS21 - 2x Dual Core Intel XEON 5130 - 4 GB RAM
    2 x 146 GB 10K RPM SAS RAID LSI Logic 1064E
    Small/medium environment production unit
    (See the Additional Information section, Installing on IBM BladeCenter HS21, for more information on using PGP Universal Server with this system.)
  5. SunFire4150 - Intel XEON E5410 2.3 GHz Quad-Core - 8 GB RAM - DVD-ROM
    3 x 146 GB 10K 2.5" SAS Adaptec AAC-RAID
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
  6. HP Proliant DL120 G5 - Dual Core Intel Xeon 3065 2.33 GHz
    2 x 250 GB SATA
    Small/medium environment production unit
    • Note: This model requires an external network card to be compatible with PGP Universal Server. The default Broadcom NC105i Gigabit adapter does not work with PGP Universal Server and is not supported.
    • The following external network card is supported:
           HP NC360T PCI Express
           Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter - Intel 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet controller
  7. HP Proliant DL360 G5 - Quad Core Intel Xeon - 8 GB RAM - DVD-ROM
    3 x 146 GB 10K RPM 2.5" Hot Swap SAS disk - Smart Array P400i RAID
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
  8. HP ProLiant DL385 G2- Dual AMD Opteron 2216 HE Dual Core - 8 GB RAM - DVD-ROM
    Dual 72 GB 10K SAS Drives - RAID controllers: Smart Array P400, P600, and P800
    Redundant Power Supply
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
  9. HP Proliant BL460c - Single 3 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon E5450 - 4 GB RAM
    HP Blc300 Server Blade Enclosure and GbE2c Ethernet Blade Switch for HP c-Class
    Dual 146 GB SAS HD - SmartArray E200i RAID
    Small/medium environment production unit
  10. NEC Express5800 120Rj-2 - Dual 3 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon 5450 - 4 GB RAM - DVD-ROM
    Disk Array Controller (Internal SAS HDD)
    146 GB HDD x 3 (RAID 5)
    Medium/large environment production unit, cluster member
  11. VMWare ESX 3.0.2, 3.5, ESXi 3.5.0 - Supported platform, non-hardware.
    Sufficient processing power equivalent to a 3 GHz Intel Xeon must be dedicated to the PGP Universal VM.
    VMWare tools must be installed and configured inside the PGP Universal operating system.
    Disk space requirements:
         Small/medium environment -
         50 GB minimum allocated to the VMWare instance;
         4 GB RAM dedicated to the VMWare instance.

         Medium/large environment -
         100 GB minimum allocated to the VMWare instance;
         8 GB RAM dedicated to the VMWare instance.

While a broad array of other hardware may work well with PGP Universal Server, incompatibilities related to hardware that is not one of the above systems will not be supported.

To qualify as PGP Universal Server Certified Hardware, the server must be one of the models listed and all components must be configured as specified.

Changing the sizes of hard disks within the same type of drive (for example, 36 GB SCSI to 73 GB SCSI), increasing memory configurations, and increasing processor speeds within the same type and family qualifies as the same system for Support purposes.

A list of pros and cons for those trying to decide

Pros

Cons

Controlling your own PGP server allows you tighter control over who has access to recovery keys

You will need to provide your own method for users to recover lost passwords (Central server users can call the IT Helpdesk)

Running your own PGP server gives you the flexibility to purchase and activate additional PGP features

Hardware requirements are restrictive and potentially expensive to purchase or deploy(see above)

You would have the option to integrate with different authentication methods (Central server uses eID)

Users may find it easier to remember their eID password leading to fewer calls for reset