Solved

Should I partition a new SBS install?

Posted on 2006-11-28
1
236 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
We're about to do our first-ever SBS install--and want to do it right, of course.  This server will be running a mid-range accounting app and Exchange server.  I've read info saying that you should set up 3 partitions--one for operating system, one for programs, and one for data.  Is this really beneficial and worthwhile?  If so, should I partition the drive as C:, D:, and E:?  What ratios should I use for space allocation?

And in case this matters...this first install is for a small four-user office and will only have a single 80GB IDE hard drive (for now...and yes, I do realize this is not good!).  But my next install will be for a 15-user office with a three drive RAID-5 setup.  So I'm asking the above questions with these factors in mind, if they make a difference.  TIA

0
Comment
Question by:sasllc
1 Comment
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 500 total points
ID: 18032718
Take a look at this chapter from Eriq Neale's SBS Unleashed (http://www.samspublishing.com/articles/article.asp?p=433330&seqNum=4&rl=1).

I also recommend the rest of the book... http://sbsurl.com/unleashed

But to answer your question more directly, if you only have a single 80GB IDE drive, you are right that this is no good... why not put in a second drive and create a RAID 1 at the very least to give you some fault tolerance?  Another 80GB IDE will only run you about $40.00.

There is no set "ratio"  because that would depend on your total available storage space.  You do want to leave no less than 15GB (20GB preferred) for the Operating System.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
0

Featured Post

Gigs: Get Your Project Delivered by an Expert

Select from freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This guide is intended to provide step by step instructions on how to migrate from Small Business Server 2003 to Small Business Server 2011. NOTE: This guide has been written using the preview version of SBS2011 therefore some of the screens may …
Because virtualization becomes more and more common, and, with Microsoft Hyper-V included in Windows Server at no additional costs, and, most server hardware nowadays is more than capable of running a physical Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 or 201…
Established in 1997, Technology Architects has become one of the most reputable technology solutions companies in the country. TA have been providing businesses with cost effective state-of-the-art solutions and unparalleled service that is designed…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

785 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question