In a hardware RAID 5 array should Windows Server 2003 be installed on a partition?
Posted on 2009-05-09
I have been asked to build a server with RAID 5 and Windows Server 2003 which I have never done before.
I have done some research and I understand that hardware RAID is much better than software, and I understand the stages of configuration using the RAID controller card's bios.
The next stage is to boot from the Windows 2003 server cd, and press F6 at the relevant point to install the RAID controller drivers.
During my research, on a thread that I cannot find, I read that the Windows Server 2003 OS cannot be stored on the RAID 5 array. I read this during an early point of my research and cannot remember if this was the case in software RAID, hardware RAID or both.
Do I need to have RAID 1 for the os and the rest of the disks in RAID 5 in *hardware* RAID?
Is that even possible?
Or do I configure hardware RAID 5 using all of the disks and then create a partition to install the os on during Windows Server 2003 set up? If so, how big should the partition be - 20gb?
I am still not 100% sure that you can partition hardware RAID 5?
I do not have a great amount of practical experience, as is probably evident.
If these questions could be answered I would be very grateful.