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Hyper-V Core + SBS 2011 Hardware Best Practices

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Hi all,

I know this is the kind of topic that pops out several times a day, but what can I say, I need experts' advice :).

I would really appreciate your advice on the following setup and feel free to criticize any points. No budget has been yet set, but I would like to stay in the mid-range price of a server.

This is for a little network of 15 users. No Sharepoint, no database applications except what SBS and the anti-virus use. The data is going to be on a Raid-5 NAS, connected through iSCSI.

I was thinking of taking a HP ML350 G8 Tower with 24 GB of memory. It has a E5-2620 6-Core 2.0Ghz processor and a P420i raid controller with 512MB.

Here is my idea for the storage (remember, it's a hyper-v environment and I'm definitively not an expert) :

- 2 x 10K 146 GB SAS drives in mirror for Hyper-V Core (maybe for the price, why not 2 x Intel 520 SSD ?)
- 2 x 10K 146 GB SAS drives in mirror for SBS2011.VHD and maybe the 2008R2.VHD if I take the SBS2011 Premium licence (I would then add more RAM)
- 2 x 10K 146 GB SAS drives in mirror for Exchange database,
- 1 x 10K 146 SAS drive for the System Files (pagefile.sys) on a VHD drive (just read about this and I'm not to sure).

- 1 x 10K spare drive, not connected. Just in case.

I could use the integrated 420I Raid card, or maybe an Adaptec 6xxx Serie with SSD caching?

What do you think ? Do I really need the 2 x 10K sas drives for the Hyper-V Core ? A good Intel SSD would be sufficient for it ?

I'm really looking forward for your feedback !

Thank you
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