Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

Server Essentials Disk Configuration

Posted on 2014-11-10
3
Medium Priority
?
294 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-16
Evening Guys

I have a new server install coming up and I am in two minds regarding the disk configuration. Previously with new SBS setups we would set the disks as follows: raid 1 OS & raid 5 data.

As we are installng Server Essentials there will be no on premise exchange so I was considering a raid 10 setup consisting of 4 disks and partitioning the disks for OS & Data. The requirements are not huge for this server, simple file share & sage accounts install.

Just wanted to know your thoughts and what kind of setups you are deploying.

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:Daniel Bertolone
3 Comments
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Leo
ID: 40434088
For 4 disks i would have;
1) Two hard disk drives in a RAID 1 mirrored set that contains volume C: 250 GB

2) All remaining disks in a RAID 5 set that contains the following:

    Volume E: Half of the available space

    Volume F: Half of the available space
0
 
LVL 36

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40434251
you can't have a raid 1 and raid 5 with 4 disks
raid 5 is minimum 3 disks so you would need 5 physical disks to have a raid 1 and raid 5

i would make a raid 5 array with a hot spare and partition accordingly; 1 for the operating system and another for your file data
0
 
LVL 88

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 2000 total points
ID: 40434513
These days I wouldn't recommend RAID 5. The main advantage of RAID 5 is that you can get the most disk space out of a limited number of disks, but with today's large capacity disks that isn't required most of the time. RAID 5 is harder to manage, and it is also easier to make mistakes that can kill the array, so you are at a higher risk.

So with 4 disks I'd recommend either 2 x RAID 1, or RAID 10 (gives you added speed), or RAID 6.
0

Featured Post

Simplify Active Directory Administration

Administration of Active Directory does not have to be hard.  Too often what should be a simple task is made more difficult than it needs to be.The solution?  Hyena from SystemTools Software.  With ease-of-use as well as powerful importing and bulk updating capabilities.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
How much do you know about the future of data centers? If you're like 50% of organizations, then it's probably not enough. Read on to get up to speed on this emerging field.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…
Suggested Courses

564 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question