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I have no experience at all with Small Business Server, and am about to jump into it for a friend.  He has a small office and is looking to upgrade his infrastructure.

We are going to use SBS 2011 on a Dell or HP server.

My first question is around drive configuration.  Does SBS allow putting the OS on one partition and putting Exchange and SQL data on another?  Or does it by default put everything on C:?

What is the best practice?  More than likely we will have a RAID 1 partition for the OS and a RAID 5 or 10 for Exchange (if possible).
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The installation routine copies/installs a Windows Image directly to the C drive.  After that is done, there are wizards to move the user grown data to other partitions.  While you can install SBS 2011 in less than 100 GB, I prefer a little breathing room as things grow over time,  Log files, Windows updates and such.  A pair of 120's  in RAID1 is probably enough, but with the price of drives now some consider 150 GB as the minimum starting point.

Once you establish the size of C, how to get there is a matter of preference.  I like RAID1 for the OS as I can deal with a failing drive very easily.  In most small networks another pair of RAID1 drives should be enough for the data.  If your data needs are enormus you have aother considerations, such as how to back it up.  That works best if no partition exceeds 2 TB.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/small-business-server-2008-build-document-v-backup-restore-and-disaster-recovery.aspx

Here are a couple of links to build documents for SBS 2008 and 2011 which is very similiar.
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/thread/139065ae-447d-4e27-b9fc-6116a5f7c027

http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2010/12/sbs-2011-setup-guide-v100.html

And here is the Official SBS Blog, where you can learn a great deal.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/

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