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  • SBS2011 partitioning and RAID config

    Hi Everyone,

    I just finished migrating Windows Server 2003 STD to SBS2011 STD.

    I ordered a server from Dell and it came pre-configured with RAID-5 on 4x 1TB disks. It has 2x Virtual disks configured.

    After building the OS, I see C: 120GB, (DATAPART0) D: 1TB and (DATAPART1) E:1.7TB .

    I see DATAPART1 already has Program Files folder with MSSQL installed.

    This server will have the following roles and services:

    File Server (approx. 500GB of data)
    DC
    DNS
    SharePoint
    Exchange 2010
    WSUS

    Should I keep the current configurations or have it in RAID 1+0 or RAID 0+1.

    What are your recommendations for this setup? Thank you.

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    Re: SBS2011 partitioning and RAID config

    RAID 1+0/0+1 will give better performance than 5 but you will lose 1TB storage (2 vs 3)

    120Gb seems about right for the OS and IMHO no need to have more than one data partition
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: SBS2011 partitioning and RAID config

      Actualy I used RAID 1. Not hot swap though but considered I did not need it.

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      • #4
        Re: SBS2011 partitioning and RAID config

        im doing R1 on all mine at the moment
        just make sure you use the sbsconsole to move all the data portions to the D: drive
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