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installing Small business Server 2003 on HP Proliant DL380 G4

Hello, I will be installing Small business Server 2003 on an HP Proliant DL380 G4 that were donated. There are actually 2 identical boxes with 5 36GB SCSI drives in each. Should I install everything on one server? Or is there a way to split up exchange on a seperate box etc? If so, would I have to install an OS on the 2nd server to lay Exchange on top of? Also, are their any resources out there you could suggest with installation tips etc? This will be my first time actually installing it. They have a fractional T for internet, and a wireless router...

Also, I would like to build in some redundancy, Raid 0 for each box?

Thank you...
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dmessmanCommented:
First, RAID 0 is not redundant. RAID 0 is for speed not redundancy.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

Some may disagree, but my preference is to build a single containter with RAID 5 with one hot spare.

You can't split up SBS 2003 per se.  It is one product that you'll install on one box.  It's designed to be the centerpiece of your network - the role holder for all the major roles, the start of your AD and the holder of your Exchange.

With that being said, you can use the second server as a file server (running a separate Windows Server OS) - 2003 or 2008).  Meaning - box #1 is SBS with Exchange.  Box #2 is your file server are I'd recommend that you configure it as a domain controller.

As far as the phsyical install, I highly recommend you start with HP CDs that begin the install for you.  I mostly work with Dells, but I know for HPs and IBMs - the server will ship with CDs that you initially boot from.  The install process will help you configure RAID and then ask you what OS you're going to install.  You'd choose SBS 2003 and it would install the necessary drivers for you.  If you don't have those CDs, I recommend purchasing them from HP for your model of server.

As far as the SBS 2003 install, here is some info on that:

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Installing-and-Configuring-SBS2003.html

http://www.sbs-rocks.com/sbs2k3/sbs2003-2.htm

http://www.installationwiki.org/Installing_SBS_2003

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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much, that is great. I menat Raid 1 mirror. My bad. So that won't combine the drive sizes, just stripe them in case a drive dies. Got it. I was worried about the 36gb drive sizes, but I guess if I put the Exchange and file data on the other server, that might work? Would you also use RAID 5 for the file server? I imagine we will need more thatn 36GB for files and Exchange data in short order...

HP Uses Smartstart RAID software I believe, I will get that, I actually think I have a version around here somewhere.

As fas as the wireless router, would you have the Server handling DHCP, DNS etc? Or let the router handle DHCP and have SBS 2003 do DNS?

Thank you again for the links and advice!
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
PS You mentioned, "Box #2 is your file server are I'd recommend that you configure it as a domain controller". Do you mean additiionally to the first box, or a domain controller as well as the first box? I am a bit confused on that one...Thanks!~
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dmessmanCommented:
SBS will always be a domain controller.  So box #2 would be an additional domain controller.

I put RAID 5 with a hot spare on all my servers.

If you do RAID 5 with a hot spare with five 36 GB drives, that means your container will be 108 GB (3 * 36 GB).  Depending on how much data you have that will be fine.  Make your system partition on your SBS box to be 20 GB or larger.  

You should have the SBS box handle DHCP and DNS.  The router's DHCP should be turned off.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Gotcha, can you put Exchange data on the file server? Or would you just make a 30GB partition on the SBS box and use the 2nd partition on the SBS box(78GB or so) for mail?
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dmessmanCommented:
Exchange data should stay on the same box as Exchange.  You'll put the information store on the data partition of the SBS box.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Right, on the second partition on the SBS box, got it...
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Also, do you know where I might be able to get a trial version of SBS2003 so I can try it at home to see the install etc?
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dmessmanCommented:
as far as I can tell, they stopped distributing SBS 2003 because they have released SBS 2008.

If it's really just a test install, you could use your existing CDs and just not activate it once you have your test system up.
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
Gotcha, they haven't ordered the CD's yet, I just wanted to get a head start since this is partially a learning experience...Thanks...
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stpetetechAuthor Commented:
The second box should be the same domain?
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dmessmanCommented:
yes, the second box should be in the same domain (and will require a separate OS license)
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