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Windows 2008 R2 Server web server - best practice for partitions.

We will setup a web server on a VM for our two database applications. The databases will be on separate database servers, not on this web server.
We will use Windows 2008 R2 Standard for this web server. We will enable IIS role on it.
This web server will host 2 webs obviously. The users will be 5 and 20 respectively.
What are the best practice to setup this server?
- Should I make one partition or two? (OS and DATA) or three? (OS, DATA and PAGE FILE)
- How big should it be for the partition(s)?
- Any other thoughts?

Many Thanks!!
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
The typical configuration I use for a VM IIS7 server is as follows:

1. 60GB OS partition (pagefile resides here) - the C: drive
2. 4GB RAM
3. pagefile is hard configured to 1.5x RAM (6GB)
4. 100GB DATA partition - the D: drive
5. web sites and log files are stored on 100GB DATA partition (D:)
5a. for example: websites reside under a directory off the root of D: called - websites
5b. for examples: log files reside under a directory off the root of  D: called - logs
5c. http log files are then saved under an http directory under D:\logs

Depending on you preference, the "logs" directory can be compressed so the log file (basically text files) consume less physical space.  I tend to leave the directory alone and run a daily task that zips yesterdays log files and moves the zipped http logs files off to another server to be analyzed

As for IIS, enable only the items that will be utilized.  I would enable logging and turn on all field options.  IMO, never use the default AppPools or the Default Websites that are created during the installation of the IIS Role.

Create 1 AppPool per website/webapp.

There are probably a ton of other configuration items but lets start off with these.

Dan
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techcityAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dan! This is very helpful.
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techcityAuthor Commented:
The installation is proceeding now... Thanks again!!
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