I am setting up a new server and wanted to get some feedback on the best way to set it up. The server will host 2 smaller private websites with less then 100 people at one time in both sites combines. The sites are in .net 2.0 and use a sql 2008 database,. The goal is to make the 2 sites are fast as possible.
here is what I have
HP DL380 G7 (2x) quad core, 32 gigs memory
I do have 7 drives in the system
4 x 146 15k drives
3 x 300 10k drives
originally I was going to just install server 2008, sql 2008 with 3 raid drives
and run it that way
also, we have a Cisco 3550 gig switch that the server/SAN will be plugged into and we will be running IIS as our webserver
couple of thoughts that I wanted some feedback on
we have an HP X1400 8TB SAN that I could use and put the database on there so I could use the snapshots features so that should my server die, I can bring up a backup pretty quick.
Question with SAN:
will this config cost me in terms of speed? would hosting the database on the local server be faster or would it be pretty close in terms of speed to put the database on the SAN.
should I install VMServer on the box, then install server 2008 on that? this way I could have a spare image should anything happen with that image. I also have a second server that I could use a copy of the image as well, in the event of hardware failure.
Question with VMWare:
will the overhead of the VMWare cost me greatly in terms of performance?
Will the way in which VMWare usings the drives (i.e. I'd use one of those raids for the VMWare and the other 2 for the windows/sql server image) cost me a ton in terms of performance?
I realize this is a broad question so I was just looking for some broad, directional feedback
thanks in advance