Help with Adaptec RAID Web Server/Windows 2000/2003 Configuration/Setup
Posted on 2005-05-05
Hello, I hope you nice folks can help us set up a new RAID Webserver
I'm currently running a smallish online company (perhaps 500 hits/day) using windows 2003 server/IIS with very little in the way of backups/mirrors or redundancy. We also have some security problems (strange files appearing in online folders) and some other occasional odd behaviour like spontaneous rebooting a few times a week. Please forgive my lack of hardware knowledge, I am a software developer by trade but have had this thrust upon me.
THE NEW EQUIPMENT:
We spontaneously purchased some very nice looking equipment at an auction last week. Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about it. I'm given to understand (by the auctioneer mind you!) that this is some pretty high-end gear and was used until recently as a web server for a large company.
It is a in a 6 foot high rack and contains P 4 3.06 Mhz PC with 4 70 GB hard drives and 512MB RAM in a fancy looking Box with no name on it. It comes with a Windows 2000 server key on the side and a CD ROM from Adaptec titled "Bootable RAID Installation CD - management software, drivers and documentation".
We paid $1600 (Australian $) for this. It would be great if you folks can let us know exactly what we have bought, what it's good for and even what it is really worth.
When it boots, it asks you to press the Control+A for the "Array configuration utility" and it looks like "RAID 5" has been set up. (I know absolutely nothing about RAID!)
It currently has no O/S installed at all.
WHAT WE WANT IT TO DO:
- The major issue that we have is that whenever our Webserver/database or IIS falls over, it can take several days to get it back up to speed and our clients scream at us loudly! It would be great to have a solution that takes us a few minutes to get back online (I hope this new hardware will help).
- It would be nice if our website ran faster.
- it would be nice if we could reverse any mistakes (rewind/rollback... can't think of termninology, I'm sure you know what I mean) but we haven't found any software that will support this on 2003 server.
- it will be running 20 or so websites on IIS, SQL Server 2000 and also a mail server
- it would be great if a power surge didn't zap our webserver!
- We will look at Windows 2003 server or 2000 server (or any other OS that you might reccommend) depending on your suggestions.
We have no idea where to start, which RAID configuration we should install, which OS is most appropriate or how hard this is to set up. Thanks in advance!