New Dell Server and SBS 2008 pre setup partitioning

Any advice on setting up my server before I start the SBS 2008 install?

Do I use any of the Dell install DVD's before starting the actual SBS install?

Right now there are (2) 250gb's for Raid 1 or 1+0
and (2) 1 Terrabyte bytes also for Raid.

Thought about 1 more set of drives if would be helplfull.
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
If you use the SMTD DVD that comes with your server, it will:

- Install a Utility Partition from which you can run embedded diagnostics should the need arise (you can download and run these same diagnostics from support.dell.com from a  handful of types of bootable media).

- Configure RAID and pre-install all the necessary drivers during the OS install.

You, of course, can install directly from the 2008 DVD, but you will need to configure RAID first and download and have drivers on hand.
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MikeWheelzCommented:
I have always setup my SMB client Servers in this configuration.

OS Partition = 80-120GB *Where OS will be installed*

Logs Partition = 30GB *Where I have all my logs stored. Big help so logs dont fill up the OS drive and cause BSODs.

(Rest of space can go to expanding OS partition or a scratch partition to store temp files, or for exchange database.)

File Partition = 1TB
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emumasterAuthor Commented:
Any opinion on having a partition for the WSUS data?
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emumasterAuthor Commented:
For 8 users, what space should i have for the exchange logs?
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jrockman13Commented:
I would also like the answer to the previous two questsions. This thread is very helpful as I am about to do the same.

I have 8 300GB 10k SAS drives. I was planning 2 as RAID 1, and the other six at RAID 10.

so, partitions:

1. OS Partition (RAID 1 array): 160 GB
2. Logs partition (I asume RAID 1 array?): what size for about 30 mailboxes, 25 users?
3. WSUS partition? (if yes, which array?)

Thanks!
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