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What is the recommended partition configuration of Hyper-V server?

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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have a new HP ML350 G6 server.  It is running Windows Server 2008 R2.  There are 8 drives.  Typical config has been setting up 2 arrays with embedded array controller:  2 drives Array A - RAID1, 6 drives - Array B RAID5 (5 drives + spare).  Each drive is 146gb.

The server will have multiple purposes: Domain Controller (All Roles aka PDC), a file and print server for a small department of 25+ users, tape backup server.  There will be a few small applications on it that require SQL Express and MSSQL (tape software).

Typical configuration has been to partition C: for OS only (Array A - RAID1).  Remaining Array B divided into to partitions = D: (Program Files @ 150gb) and E: (Data Files @ 430gb). In the past, all program files ave been installed on D: and user directories on E:.

While testing this server I installed the OS then added the Hyper-V feature.  This is our first Virtual Server.  Questions, how should this server be partitioned in order to best accommodate the virtual server?  I see that it wants to locate files on C: and/or D:.  I don't believe I want any of it on C:.  Where should the VM server OS go?  What is the recommendation on the domain controller?  Should I leave the "live" server as both the domain controller and file server?  I can leave both of those on the "live" server and then just have the Hyper-V server sitting idle for another application that might come by?  This server is basically a beta because its the first we have with the Hyper-V capability.  Any suggestions?

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