I am setting up SBS2011 on the new server w/ 16GB RAM, two 600GB SAS 15K Hard Disks on RAID 1 (effectively 560GB of total space).
I am debating if I should make entire 560GB as one partition or create a 200GB partition for SBS2011 OS and use 360GB as data partition.
On existing server, total amount of data is 140GB (30GB is Exchange Database and 110GB is user files & data)
Since there will be only 360GB of space allocated for data, after restoring 140GB of existing data from old server, I will have only 200GB left for future growth. I think it will be ok for a few years, but it is just not a great amount of space for my comfort.
As we know, SBS2011 OS requires 120GB of space, so out of 200GB OS partition, there will be about 50GB of free space that may not ever be used. It is a waste in a sense.
That said, how critical is it that I create two partitions vs one partition?
How much of performance degradation will I experience if I go with one partition?
There are 4 users on the network. and they use Word/Excel/Outlook/IE and one Access data app (130MB in size).