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Implementing Solid State Drives in our Server Environment

Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have 3 Servers running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2:
A Primary Domain Controller/DNS server (also hosts an ACT database)
A Terminal Server
A Database Server

We've had some hard drive failures over time and are considering switching to SSD drives.  I have some questions.

1)  Would the role any of these 3 servers play be problematic for SSD drives?  Would the high I/O volume in a TS environment make it a bad fit?

2) In regards to laptops/desktops I've read several instances where it is recommended to just put the OS (and sometimes the page file) on the SSD drive and keep data/applications on HDDs.  Is this also applicable to a server?

3) Will we need to upgrade to Server 2008 to use SSD drives in the servers?

4) Will we need to re-format the servers when we make this switch?  I see some product offering for imaging software to migrate, however these all seem to be for Windows 7.

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What about question 2?  Is this not an issue with enterprise level SSDs?
Top Expert 2011

Not an issue, I've deployed SSD on large Citrix farm and  VMware infrastructure

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