Install Window 2008 on HP Proliant G5

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I have read a aritcle saying that :
"A computer must be configured to support BitLocker prior to installation of Window 2008. eg. Create a separate 1.5Gb partition, formatting it and making it active as the System partition prior to creating a larger partition, formatting it and then installing the Window Server 2008 operating system"

However, how does it work on a HP Proliant G5 server ? How can I create a 1.5Gb partition without a OS installled, and the RAID card driver couldn't be recgonized. I have installed the Window 2008 and it could install succesfully, but really don't know how to configure the partition without a Window 2008. Please advise further.

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All you need is the latest smartstart cd downloadable from the HP website
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I have installed it without doing the mentioned procedure. It was flawless, didn't require any thing. You just need to update drivers. If you don't have the SmartStart CD, either download those drivers separately from HP, or download the Proliant Support pack for your OS.

Regarding the RAID part:

1st: you choose which RAID level you want (1: Mirroring , and requires 2 HD, and RAID 5 or 6). After defining the RAID logical disk, the OS (Windows in your case) will see that Logical disk as its raw HD, allowing you to partition it as you like as if it was a normal HD)

So it would be a good idea to plan from the beginning for how are you going to utilize your Hard Disks (Raid Level, logical drives, and Partitions)
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Using smartstart is by far the easiest option it's also the manufacturers recommended method.

I only build HP servers and have done for over 10 years and I wouldn't do it any other way!

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When you choose which RAID level, do you mean using the HP RAID utility ?

Inaddition, will it cause any degrade in daily operation ?
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Using Hardware raid does not cause any degradation in service.

You should use the RAID utility you see whan you start smartstart, this will allow you to configure your hard disk.

If you only have 1 hard disk then no RAID is available, if you have 2 then you can use RAID 0+1, if you have 3 then you have more options but the most common is RAID5

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Agree, but how about add bitlock encryption to the OS ? Is it common to use on File server, Exchange server and SQL Server ?
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Both Exchange & SQL require a huge amount of disk resources read/write - personally I wouldn't want to install an encryption utility onto those drives.

However I don't have any personal experience of it so I cannot say for sure, it's an educated guess
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You may be better off asking another question about the bitlocker, it does deviate quite a bit from the original question you have asked.

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