Windows 2003 DC partition question

Posted on 2006-04-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm going to be building out 2 Windows 2003 domain controllers for a remote office.  The servers are 1U's with mirrored hard drives.  Is there a "preferred" way to partition the drive when only one drive is used (other drive for parity)?  I'm not sure if I should just make the drive one big C: partition or if I should make a C: and D:.  The servers will not be used for anything other than Active Directory.  I was thinking about putting the O.S. on the C: partition and the logs on a D: partition.  Is that even worth while since the partitions are on the same drive?  Am I better off just making the entire drive one C: partition?

Thanks for the assistance!
Question by:steno1122
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    Assisted Solution

    If you want to use RIS in the future you will require a second partition.  If not, then one C drive is perfect - you'll gain nothing by having two partitions.

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    I'll agree with Netman66.  The only thing I have to add is that you can create the other D drive, etc. and you will gain "manageability", being able to easily differentiate between things (like putting the SYSVOL on a separate partition).  But it won't gain you anything performance wise, etc.

    The only other thing to be aware of besides RIS would be if this remote office uses the DCs for file storage as well.  Then I would create the 2nd partition for that, and it will be easier to manage, and disk quotas will be easier as well.
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    Thanks for the points!

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