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SharePoint 2010 install on VMWare requirements

Hi expert,

I just need an expert advise and maybe someone with experience in regard to installing SharePoint 2010 Enterprise into a single server.

I will be installing an Enterprise SharePoint 2010 on a virtual server 2008 R2 64bit and SQL 2008 DB will be on a physical box. However, I need clarification for memory and hard drive space requirement needed for best practices. I read that the minimum for memory is 8GB and hard drive is 80GB. I dont want to be cut short or use too much that will waste drive space.

What would be the recommendation?
Should I partition to 2 partition, the C-drive for OS and D-drive for Sharepoint?
Or create a large C-drive and install all software on single partition since this is a virtual server?

Please advise.

thank you.
Collin
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you read this article

Capacity management and sizing overview for SharePoint Server 2010
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff758647.aspx

I would create an virtual disk for the OS, and a virtual disk for Sharepoint.

But what's more important, is the underlying speed of datastore it sits on, e.g. RAID 10 presented to ESX
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
We have Equalogic storage behind and speed might not be a factor.

i am debating of I leave the OS on a c-drive and install the sharepoint software on a d-drive. However, how much to drive space to build for sharepoint drive.
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
Is it safe to configure the SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Server with this disk capacity

VMware Server: C-drive = 40GB for OS; D-drive = 100GB for SharePoint application
SQL DB will be on a physical server (separate server)

We are just small company and will expand gradually over time.

Please advice
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bhanukir7Commented:
Hi Collin,

that sizing should be good enough if you would not have too many users i.e. greater than 50 users.

As the SQL server is going to be on another server, that 100GB on the sharepoint application server can provide you a good buffer for upto 100 concurrent users.

regards
bhanu
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
We will start off with 10 users and by next year it will grow 2-4x.
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Andres PeralesCommented:
So the majority of you storage requirements should be on your SQL server not necessarily SharePoint!  All data is really stored in SQL so you storage space allocation should go there!

From a Sharepoint perpective you should size according to roles and if you need redundancy and high availability!
It is great that you are separting SQL from Sharepoint but you will need to also consider the other Sharepoint roles as you grow it out.

You should really use at a minimum of there SharePoint servers.  Two for WFE (Web Front End) configured in a NLB, and then the third server should hold you search role and other roles.  You can do them with 4 GB of RAM for each that will be fine!
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
I would start with one WFE and will try to propose another WFE for next year budget. This one of the reason I want to separate the SQL from the WFE.
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Andres PeralesCommented:
If you are starting off with just 10 users you should be fine all on one server!  Just remember as you grow / scale up and out to consider adding additional servers for the roles.
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CollinMendozaAuthor Commented:
I will. thank you all for the feedback.
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