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SBS and setting up Raid 1.   I have a customer that is running SBS 2003 and they want their Raid setup on the system.   The system is a Dell PowerEdge 840 and they gave me some Dell  Management and Utilities DVDs.  How can I go about it?

We have (2) 250 SATA hard disks.   The system is pretty new.  
Any assistance would be great.
Thanks
Paul
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You can set up RAID1 via software. You first need to convert both disks to dynamic disks, then you can create a mirror (RAID1) see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/05/RAID/default.aspx
and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323432
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What Software do I need to create the Raid1?  I do have a service contract with Dell so I might call them.
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Windows 2003 has the ability to perform RAID0 (stripped) RAID1 (Mirror) and RAID5 (Stripped+parity) built in - you don'r need anything else.

Some motherboards also support RAID - in which case you can ebable in on there and ingnore Windows. You gen get third part solutions which, although expensive hare generaly faster and offer additional features like hot-swapping. Reead the info at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2005/05/RAID/default.aspx
and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323432
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If you have RAID built-in on board, then start using it. Check manual for instruction.
If not, you can buy a adaptec raid card and see the link below for how-to:

http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=474240&seqNum=4&rl=1
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Hardware RAID is typically better for performance.  But you can still use the software RAID built in to Windows.  Note: you can ONLY use RAID 1 on the System/Boot drives.  Data drives can use RAID 5 or RAID 0 (NEVER use RAID 0 on a server - it's fast, but if you lose one disk, you lose ALL your data on both (all) disks).
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