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    I'm going to install a new server in a network. This will be the Primary Domain controller and will store users "My docs"(redirected) and h:/personal files. I'm looking at an HP rack server 1U w/ 4 250 GB drives, 8 GB ram. Options are to configure 4 drives in a single RAID 5 or 2 sets of 2 drives in a mirror. One mirror for the OS and the other for file storage. I'm leaning toward the Raid 5 configuration. OS will be W2k8. A second W2k3 server will be reconfigured as a secondary DC in a remote office.

    Any issues/suggestions?

    Thanks,

    e

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    Re: Drive partition question

    my personal preference is usually a RAID1 system volume, then whatever is appropriate for the rest, whether it be raid10 or raid5..
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      This what I would normally do but I'm trying to utilize a 1U server as rack space is limited. The only HP server I've found so far has four hot swap bays. I would have to go to a 5U server to accomodate two drives in Raid 1 and then 3 or four in Raid 5. (I ususally use 3 drives is Raid 5 and one spare).

      thanks,

      e

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      • #4
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        noodle,

        Do you own the server already or looking to purchase? If purchasing (and not sure if it would be in your budget) the HP DL360 is a 1U that can hold up to 6 drives. You could do the Mirror for the OS drives and the R5 for the data.

        -Jason
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        • #5
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          And I believe the DL380 is 2u and can hold up to 8 drives... So 5U would be a bit overkill
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          • #6
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            Delll poweredge R410s are nice, got a couple here and working very well, space for 4 drives in a 1U chassis

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            • #7
              Re: Drive partition question

              Originally posted by noodle View Post
              This what I would normally do but I'm trying to utilize a 1U server as rack space is limited. The only HP server I've found so far has four hot swap bays. I would have to go to a 5U server to accomodate two drives in Raid 1 and then 3 or four in Raid 5. (I ususally use 3 drives is Raid 5 and one spare).

              thanks,

              e
              Dell R610 is a 1ru server with 6 2.5' hot swap disks.
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              • #8
                Re: Drive partition question

                Originally posted by noodle View Post
                This what I would normally do but I'm trying to utilize a 1U server as rack space is limited. The only HP server I've found so far has four hot swap bays. I would have to go to a 5U server to accomodate two drives in Raid 1 and then 3 or four in Raid 5. (I ususally use 3 drives is Raid 5 and one spare).

                thanks,

                e
                HP DL 380 G5 Series are worth a look at. HDD potential is up to 8 small form factor SAS or SATA drives. The DL 380 G6 also gives potential support for up to 16 small form factor SAS/SATA drives but I believe you loose the optical drive. However, the component allowing you to increase the storage is easy to remove and put in.

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                • #9
                  Re: Drive partition question

                  Originally posted by noodle View Post
                  This what I would normally do but I'm trying to utilize a 1U server as rack space is limited. The only HP server I've found so far has four hot swap bays. I would have to go to a 5U server to accomodate two drives in Raid 1 and then 3 or four in Raid 5. (I ususally use 3 drives is Raid 5 and one spare).

                  thanks,

                  e
                  btw, IBM have a model x3650M2 with 12slots in standards with CD or DVD. About space (OS Mirr 1-2discs, DATA 3or more Raid5, 1hotspare for both raids) I can say it is a standard without SAN for servers with higher space capacity.
                  Mayo

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