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DELL PowerEdge T110 II configuration check for SBS 2011?

I was contemplating the following setup for a small shop that has large data needs (AutoCAD, etc.)  My main question is the (2) Partition setup since the PowerEdge T110 II has a limited amount of drive space.

In this scenario, is it ok to have only (2) RAID-1 partitions and still get very good performance from the box? Particularly with Exchange and the OS on the 15k SAS Drives?  Also, would it be best to leave the page file on the faster 15k disks or move it to the 2nd data partition?

SBS 2011 Standard - (10-15 Users)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1270 3.40 GHz
16GB RAM
PERC H200 SAS RAID Controller (Hardware RAID)

C:\ = (2) x 300-600GB 15k SAS    (RAID-1) - OS and Exchange (No VSS)
D:\ = (2) x 2TB 7.2k SAS                 (RAID-1) - Data (VSS Enabled)

Moving the following data folders to the 2nd data partition

SharePoint Foundation Data
Users’ Shared Folders
Users’ Redirected Folders
WSUS Update Repository
Remainder of Shared Office Data (Mapped Drives, etc.)

Backup Hardware:      External USB 3.0 Drives
Backup Software:      BackupAssist or ShadowProtect? Other?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated …
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300-600GB is more than enough for SBS and related files. In this scenario moving the page file will have little difference one way or the other, I would leave it on the C partition simply because you have the space to do so, and if anything it will perform better.

When backing up more than 2TB of data I would review the following:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.aspx
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Thanks for the link on External Backup Drives.  I also agree that the faster 15k drives would have the same or better performance for the page file in this case.
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