I am preparing a box that will become a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium R2 server for a small engineering company that will rely on Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 3.
This box has an Intel S5000VSA motherboard with embedded SAS controller. There is one 50 gb SAS and one 150 gb SAS. These drives will be mirrored. I have several SATA-2 drives that can be used in this box as well.
My question is this: Because these SAS drives are so fast, would it be better to use them for Exchange and SQL -- and use a SATA drive for the OS install? Or should I use the small SAS for the OS and put Exchange and SQL on the other SAS?
Or should I partition the 50 gb SAS to a small partition for the OS and then put the Exchange and SQL apps on the other partition -- then put the Exchange, SQL etc databases, logs, etc on the 150 gb?
Note: I'm new here. I am pretty comfortable with basing Windows networking and Exchange, but very ignorant about SharePoint and SQL.