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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?
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by:JAN PAKULA
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@7  I wouldn't keep backup on the same raid controller - if it breaks - that's it - better stick to external backup or even better offsite backup
@5 better to have one big partition - if you will need to recover server - it will be easier with one partition
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by:Daniel Watrous
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Thanks Jan

Maybe I should have added more detail, so let me try and see if it makes any difference.

We have onsite and offsite backup.

The SSD array is large enough for the 5 small databases we use, which I meant by the apps and data, and this would disrupt our business. We are eventually going to have all this on one sql server database. Wanted to make this Raid 1 so that all the data is one disk if needed to move physical disk to another server. Would keep daily image on HDD array as well as NASs
The HDD array is for 25 years of documents that we need to occasionally reference, but not edit. Needs to be on server, but speed is not an issue, and could get from backup if needed. This would be Raid 10

Any change in your recommendation?
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JAN PAKULA earned 2000 total points
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As you  have onsite and offsite backup one change I would suggest is to use one Partition on SSDs - for ease of recovery (I know that it will be slightly longer to recover, as you will have more data to recover but it will be simpler to recover full partition) and you probably will have a Raid controller with buffer - so buffer would work "better" -  as you can setup your buffer to whole SSD Raid Volume
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by:Daniel Watrous
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Thanks Jan!
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