2013 Exchange drive(s) configuration


just about to start a new install of Exchange 2013 (on server 12r2) to replace our Mdaemon server.

I have bought a Dell T630 with 6 physical drives

2 for the os on a raid1, leaving me 4 drives for exchange.

The servers role is purely exchange with both mailbox & client access an nothing else

I have tried to find best policies for hard drive configs but nothing is obvious.


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Minecraft_ EndermanCommented:
Hope this document will help you.
Exchange 2013 storage configuration options:
mudcow007Author Commented:
thanks for the link

so if i was to create two arrays of raid1.... one for mailbox db's the other for logs?

installing Exchange onto the os array

that make sense?
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Nothing has changed since Exchange 2003 days.
You need to separate the logs and the database.

Therefore you have two main choices, depending on the size requirements you need.

a. Change the partition size of the RAID 1 array you already have, create a new partition and put the logs there. Then use the other four drives as a RAID 10 mirror, possibly with a hot spare.
b. Create two RAID 1 arrays, one for the logs, one for the databases. That will obviously waste a lot of space, but will give you the best performance. All logs, not just transaction logs could be moved to that drive (IIS, message tracking, protocol etc).


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mudcow007Author Commented:
Great information

i went ahead with a raid10

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