I am looking to ensure my logic is intact on my current project.
Client has 10 users within a Microsoft domain (1 server - W2003 Standard)
I would like to add a new Windows 2008 server to an existing domain envirnoment containing one Windows 2003 Standard. My client purchased a new CRM software that runs on SQL Express - hence the reason for the new server.
I originally wanted to install on the existing 2003 server, but I am dealing with 500 MB left on my system drive. Yes the previous guy painted us into a corner. I checked w/ Dell, by the time I get done attempting to increase the C:\ drive residing on a RAID 1, I just as well buy a new server. We have a RAID 1 for the system and RAID 5 for the exiting SQL Express app/data.
My thought is: I will join the existing domain as a regular host (not a domain controller - act as application server) with a new up-to-data solid W2008 standard server. I will deal with the issues at hand with the existing server, but not add to the problem. Later, after the transition to the new CRM, I would create a BDC (I beleive it's no longer referred to as a BDC) of the new server or switch roles. In either case, have a redundant source for the active directory.
OK, my question:
Is my above logic sound?
Am I asking for trouble with a RAID 1 for the system and RAID 5 for the CRM - in order to get performance. I have had trouble with RAID 5's corrupting data in the past. Should I go with a RAID 10?
Should I bite the bullet on go with SAS instead of SATA for the extra speed? Again, we are only talking about 10 users.
Are there any red flags I am not taking in to consideration?
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition R2 - SP2
Dual - Xeon 3.2 Ghz
4GB Mem - Max 16 GB 6 Slots - 4 Populated
HD - SCSI on a PERC 4e/DI Controller:
RAID I = C:\ (12GB - 405 MB Free) and D:\ (56GB - 48GB Free)= 68 GB
RAID 5 = E:\ (136GB - 59 GB Free)
WSrv 2008 R2
Dual Xeon E5620 2.4 Ghz, 12M Cache, 1066MHz
12GB Mem 1333MHz
RAID 1 - 250GB 7.2 RPM
RAID 5 - 500GB 7.2 RPM