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How good or bad would the following scenario be:

I have a file server that is being upgraded so as to be the only server on a network (consolidate and retire). It is an HP ProLiant 2-3 years old. Has 2GB RAM is going to 4GB RAM. Has 4 Hard drives in a RAID 5. Two partitions. Primary - C: W2k OS, presently 20GB, . Extended - F: client data.1.4TB

I am doing a full backup of both C: & F: drives which is about 85GB of data tonight.

Tomorrow I am installing Windows 2008 Standard 32-bit in the C: drive. MS says MIN hard space 10GB but likes 40GB.

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Should I wipe out entire RAID 5 and create 2 new partitions, primary 50-100GB and extended with the remainder. The client only has at most 100GB of data on the present 1.4TB partition.

Or can I get away and install in the 20GB partition? Obviously this way is the short cut, but if this is enough for a 8 user insurance company that does most of their work on the internet?

And where would I then put the swap file? Either way it would end up on a RAID 5 which I know to be a no-no. But this is what I got to work with. I was led to believe (shame on me) that it had a mirrored set for the OS and RAID 5 for the client data. Not the case sadly.

Thanks in advance!  
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by:Brad Howe
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If it is just a file server with no other services, 40GB is sufficient but given the space you have 60GB would be fine. This is my server standard for OS partitions.
 It sucks that you need to host both partitions on the same Raid5 but as you said it i was you have to work with.
I build our servers are RAID 1+0 for OS and RAID 5 for DATA.
For the pagefile, it doesn't matter since it is hte same disk. Just leave it on the C Drive.
Hope it helps,
Hades666
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You could also just install Windows 2008 on the 20GB and extend hte partition from the Disk manger afterwards.
It would save on time as well.
How to extend the boot partition in Windows Server 2008
1.Click Start, and then click Server Manager. In the navigation pane, expand Storage, and then click Disk Management. In the details pane, right-click the volume that you want, and then click Extend Volume. Follow the instructions in the Extend Volume Wizard to extend the boot partition.
 
Cheers,
Hades666
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by:RSchierer
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I wish I could have doubled the points cuz you just saved me a ton of time. I am still going to backup the entire server, but instead of the external hdd, I have a spare server that just happens to have Window 2008standard on it. It is my test server. I am going to bring to the site, and configure it for the network and then backup the entire C & F drives to it over night. Then tomorrow, I will install 2008 to the production server and then extend as you suggested.

You da MAN! Have a beer on me!
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I just re read your answers and I have a follow up... This server will be the only server on the network, therefore it will be doing DNS, IIS, etc. 60GB still good?
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Yes, 60GB would be good. For IIS i would suggest move the Data folders to the Data Drive and leave the config locally on C:.
The rest of hte services, AD, DNS etc, are small in data size.
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Thanks again!
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Why not just backup to a External HDD? Why bring a server to the office?

1. Backup 2000 Server to External HDD and validate backup.
2. Boot 2008 install media.
3. In Disk Management, delete 20GB partition and installed Windows 2008 there.
4. Boot Server.
5. Extend Partition.
6. Configure network and services.
7. Restore Content.

This is what i would do,
Hades666
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