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    in reply to: Cloning a Hard Disk #324232

    Re: Cloning a Hard Disk

    tehcamel;249068 wrote:
    A little while ago, I found a complimentary version of easeus partition manager. it would do what you want. (and i do mean complimentary, not pirated)

    A little while ago, I found that the free version is not for Server, but for XP, Windows7 etc

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    in reply to: Simulating Software to keep the server busy? #324231

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    Dumber;227378 wrote:
    I know the script you mean Wullie, but Loadstorm is something I think is much cooler…
    http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/04/09/generating-load/

    Many thanks, this was useful :)

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    in reply to: Need suggestion for a VPN setup for a muliple offices #324230

    Re: Need suggestion for a VPN setup for a muliple offices

    Dumber;142655 wrote:
    Well, first you might start telling a bit more about your environment.

    In the head office we have Windows 2003 Server the application is a Oracle based. and we have 2MB leased line ISP connection.

    In the remote location we have a single PC with Windows XP connected to a 1MB DSL ISP line
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    in reply to: Need suggestion for a VPN setup for a muliple offices #324229

    Re: Need suggestion for a VPN setup for a muliple offices

    Any particular brand/models to use? How about http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/vigor2820.html

    How about the head office setup?
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324228

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    Great, this is what I am going to do it now…

    OS + SQL Logs on RAID 1
    SQL Database on RAID 10

    I need to know in the db server, what is the best way of maintaining the volumes?

    Should I create one C: volume for both OS and SQL logs in RAID 1 or it should be C: for OS and D: for SQL logs?

    How many volumes we need to create on RAID 10 for MSSQL?

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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324227

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    gforceindustries;136786 wrote:
    How much RAM does the controller have?

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    HP Smart Array P400/256MB Controller (RAID 0/1/1+0/5)
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324226

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    sorinso;136780 wrote:
    Is there any specific reason?
    Have you considered what will happen if you’ll need to expand the RAID? You will need two disks every time…
    What RAID controller the server came with? How much RAM has on it? RAID10 will take more computations to do than RAID5.

    Reason for me to prefer RAID 10 because it is recommended for db than RAID 5 [May be I am wrong]

    HP DL380 G5 Server comes with a P400 Raid Controller

    Server RAM is 24GB [this is not typo, it is 24GB]

    When I try to install the server in the HP SmartStart I am getting only 3 option to create RAID, they are:

    1) RAID 0
    2) RAID 1+0
    3) RAID 5

    I assume RAID 1+0 is the RAID 10?
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324225

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    I have gone through this post http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=5747

    So in any case the OS will be on RAID 1 where we will put the Binaries too.

    The rest [db, log, tempdb] will be on a RAID 10 or RAID 5.

    I prefer RAID 10 by allocating 4 x 146GB drives, but I will get 292GB space which I feel okay for me.
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324224

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    I think we can do the following :

    OS on RAID 1 with 1 hot spare = 3 drives
    DB and others on RAID 5 = 3 drives
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324223

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    Okay to summarize.. Ossian suggested:

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    With “only” 6 drives, I would consider:
    RAID 1 OS
    RAID 5 for everything else

    I want to know if the following is better?

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    1) Use 2 x 146GB HDD as RAID 1 and install the OS in it
    2) Use 4 x 146GB HDD as RAID 10 for MSSQL

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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324222

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    gforceindustries;136715 wrote:
    That is reasonable, but for best performance (and more importantly, reliability) I think you should consider the possibility of adding a second RAID controller and drives to create a third array as Ossian suggested. If a drive fails, then RAID will cover you. But if a controller fails and you lose the array… could you afford to roll back to the most recent backup and potentially lose an entire day of data?

    Unfortunately, we don’t have 2nd raid controller. All what we have is one controller and 6 HDD.
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324221

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    sorinso;136705 wrote:
    How critical is the disk space issue?

    Not very critical, the requirement is low and only about 10-20 concurrent users are going to access the db, the db will be used for MS Dynamics ERP.

    If I correctly understand you and Ossian…

    1) Use 2 x 146GB HDD as RAID 1 and install the OS in it
    2) Use 4 x 146GB HDD as RAID 10 for MSSQL

    Is it correct?
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    in reply to: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID? #324220

    Re: MSSQL 2005 on which RAID?

    I was planing of doing all (OS and DB) 6 drives on RAID 10, which will give me 438GB space.

    How is this idea?
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    in reply to: Heavy Upload Traffice #324219

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    ryansmitty;100668 wrote:
    Have you tried looking at logs or interface statistics on any other down stream devices (routers, or switches)? If you can post a basic network diagram we may be able to help further.

    Ryan

    Thanks for reply. Our setup is :

    DSL1 DSL3 DSL3 (3 DSL ISP lines)
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    LinkSys RV016 (Load balancing Router)
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    Endian Firewall EFW (Linux based ETM http://www.endian.com)
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    Network Switch
    | |_ Exchange Server 1
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    |_ All user computers

    I could not find any info in the log.
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    in reply to: VMware on Linux or Windows #324218

    Re: VMware on Linux or Windows

    gepeto;100484 wrote:
    There are two answers to this:
    Second of all, Use a real version of vmware infrastructure ! They have a starter edition now that is not much more costly than buying a Windows license to run on your host. (Well, I guess you are running Enterprise which includes 1physical + 4vm licenses though..)

    Tks for this hints. I was planing to use the free version of the VMware server http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
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    in reply to: VMware on Linux or Windows #324217

    Re: VMware on Linux or Windows

    AndyJG247;100441 wrote:
    Well that is a question…
    I’ve never had a problem with windows for VMs but if you know linux then I don’t see a problem with that. In theory you can get a smaller memory and processor footprint from linux than windows so there may be more for you VMs.

    No, I don’t know Linux as much as I know Windows. So better stick to the Windows;-)
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