File Server Optimum Disc Configuration
Posted on 2008-02-04
I have a HP DL380 G4 (Smart Array Controller 6i) / Dual Xeon 3.2GHz Processors / 4GB RAM which was formerly used to house Exchange (6 Discs - 72GB RAID1 for OS + 4 Discs 146GB RAID 5). I have moved exchange to new hardware and would like to use the old server as a file server (replace old DL100 NAS).
OS = Windows 2003 Server Standard R2 SP2
What would be the best configuration to give optimum performance/Vs fault tolerance? I have the option to replace the 2 * 72GB with a further 2 * 146GB giving 6 * 146GB in total (SCSI 10,000 rpm).
Type of Data:
Drawings (tifs) file average around 140KB
Excel Files (these can be anything from 10KB to 10MB)
PDF - (these can be anything from 10KB to 10MB)
I was thinking of:
Volume Shadow Copy (peformance hit, but worth it!!)
Raxco PerfectDisk 2008 Server
I could partiton 2 * 146GB drives :C: 50GB (OS) D: (80GB) Shadow Copy
The have 4 * 146GB drives RAID 5 (stripe size ???)
Read / Write Ratio ???????
I/O - Not sure
If you require further clarification do not hesitate to ask.