My barebones server, with cpus, ram, and controller installed, has arrived. I need to add the drives and configure it. I haven't configured a server, a controller, or virtualized anything before, and might have to turn it over to a professional. So, I would like some feedback on my weekend plan of attack gleaned from my web research, so that I don't do something out of order and make a hash of it. My goal is for replication with a present server that will become secondary.
1 Install SATA DVD player
2 Install 3 matched SSDs and 5 matched HDDs
3 Configure BIOS, boot from DVD first, USB second, SSD third
4 Configure raid controller for Raid 1 with hot spare for SSDs and Raid 10 with hot spare for HDDs, Single maximum partition for each array
5 Configure virtual drives C and D on SSD array, E on HDD array
6 Install Windows Server 2012r2 on volume C from DVD
7 Configure virtual machine in Windows Server with OS on C, with volumes D for apps/data and E for archival data.
Does this outline make sense to get me up to a virtual machine? Am I misunderstanding something? Anything out of order? Any caveats?