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Partitions for new exchange server

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I am about to execute a new install of Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.

I have 4 600GB SAS 14k hard drives running in RAID 10 via raid controller. Total of about 1.1 Terabytes of space.

What is the most efficient/flexible partition configuration for this server if I am going to be running Exchange on it?

AS of right now I have the following allocations:


OS install Partition : 100GB

remaining memory: 950GB


Should my partitions look different for an exchange server?

Thanks in advance,

Matt
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by:Subhashish Laha
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OS partition is fine.

Create 2 more partitions out of 950 GB. 1st partition for Exchange database and 2 partition for Exchange logs.
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What is the benefit of creating a partition specific for the logs?  Iv heard that two partitions are recommended sometimes as well.  My exchange database is only 65GB by the way.
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In short, when Database and logs are kept on same partition and they grow together. And logs gets truncated eventually. Fragmentation grows on partition.

If you keep it on different partitions, then fragmentation will effect individual partitions.

There are other benefits too. But this is a major benefit when keeping both on different partitions.
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