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Installing ISA 2006 on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition

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I have Compaq ProLiant ML310 server machine. It has one 80 GB SCSI HDD and is capable to hold more SCSI HDDs.

I want to know whether it is enough to have one 80 GB SCSI HDD to install W2K8 and ISA 2006 or I should attach additional HDDs to keep the cache of ISA while keeping OS on first SCSI HDD ?

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Hemant
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Hi All !

Thanks for your comments.

@fxdeimos !
******Depending upon how many users you are supporting and the verbosity of your logging it may be wise to have a seperate drive for the log files.*****

Are log files differnet from cache files ? If yes, they which of these files require a separate disk. I want to cache the contents of webpages so that web request doesn't go to actual site when contents are already cached.

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*****80 GB should be more than enough space.  You my want to add another drive to make it fault tolerant. *****

How to make it fault tolerant ???

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@dfxdeimos !

I am working as System and Network Administrator in an educational institute. We, here, are running arround 500 client PCs. Most of them (arround 320) are in Computer Laboratories and rest are in offices and departments.

Please tell me where I should store log files and where I should store cache files ? The server on which I want to install ISA 2006 has the following basic configuration:

RAM: 4 GB
HDD: SCSI HDD 80 GB
Processor: Pentium 4
NIC Cards: Two NIC Cards (Both Gigabit), one for External IP (Connecting to Gateway Router) and another for Internal IP (Conneting to internal switches)

Is it enough to serve internet to 500 PCs or I should use another server machine or another NIC on the same server machine ?

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Hi keith_alabaster !

Thanks for your comment. I went through the link you provided and it states that ISA 2006 is not compatible with W2K8. Thanks again.

Hi @dfxdeimos !

Please try to answer the questions I had asked you in my last comment.

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Hemant

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Hi keith_alabaster !

Right now,I used only one SCSI HDD of 80 GB. I made two partitions C: and D:. I am installing W2K3 on C: and will use D: for cache and log files.

Is it OK ?

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@dfxdeimos !

***As Keith stated, with your # of users there is no need to seperate cache and log files. Also, there is no compelling reason to even create seperate partitions, as you will see no performance gain associated with this.***

I didn't understand your saying. Please explain it again if possible. As Keith said that if I use a separate physical disk to keep log and cache files, I will be able to use BPA. Please see his previous comment:

Keith's Comment:
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Standard best practice recommends that you would not put logs/cache files on the same physical disk as the core operating system unless it cannot be helped - but you can keep this as an option for the future if it is needed
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@Keith !

I am using exactly the same. I have 80 GB HDD. I used 25 GB for W2K3 and rest for D:. (Is it OK) But I am also surprised that rest is not exactly or near 55 GB. It is showing 43 GB. I don't know why.

Well...I didn't understand what are this /3GB boot switches.

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Please also tell what is that /3GB boot switches ?

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The discussion was wonderful and I thank all the experts who participated in it.

Special thanks to Keith.

Regards,

Hemant