I'm setting up a Dell T110-11 for Server 2012R2 essentials (bought through volume licensing). Would like your thoughts / advice on some questions:
The machine came with 3 1TB drives, PERC S300 RAID card. I envision RAID 1 with a hot spare, but for Dell's web ordering, I chose RAID 5 (it complained about 3 drives when I chose raid 1).
So now the machine came with 2 arrays (is that the right word?) - 1 1.8TB? and an other a few MB.
>>> that few MB drive has the system diags?
It also came with a openmanage sys management toos and docs DVD that says 'this is not a bootable DVD'.
>>>> what general sequence of events would you do? Manually set the RAID 1 / hot spare (losing the diagnostic partition), then install OS? Then I can use that open manage disk? Or is there some other order? Or do you set the raid in openmanage? is there another openmanage disk I need / should get that IS bootable?
>>>> would you make it a single drive letter? OS and data on the C drive?