Difference between Healthy (Recovery Partition) and Healthy (OEM Partition)

After the OS installation we can see the Healthy (OEM Partition) with OS drive on One Server and on Other Server the partition with name Healthy (Recovery Partition).

Q1. Is Healthy (Recovery Partition) and Healthy (OEM Partition)  have some used and purpose?

Q2. If they are different from each other and have different purposes then on what paramets system decide to create whether Healthy (Recovery Partition) or Healthy (OEM Partition) ?
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Muhammad AsifSenior Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Recovery partition is where Windows stores it's recovery tools. It is bootable and is used to perform some troubleshooting of the system in certain situations. It's there for convenience since you can also access these tools from the install media.

The OEM partition usually contains drivers and utilities for the hardware of the system and is put there by the manufacturer or their utility.
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Muhammad AsifSenior Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
We have purchased two Dell Servers. Once Server has OEM partitioin and it does not have Recovery Partition. The other server have recovery partition but does not have OEM partition.  We have installed Exchange on these server. Is there any problem if one server does not have OEM partition and other Recovery Partition.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
There should be no issue with that regarding the functioning of the server. Those partitions only come into play when troubleshooting or building the system. It makes things "easier" to have them but they're not necessary.
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Muhammad AsifSenior Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Jeremy thanks for your comments. We are building Exchange server for corporate entity so it can be sensitive issue if server gets fails in future.  One server does not have Recovery partition instead. Please refer to the given below details.

Server A:       Healthy (EFI System Partition) and Healthy (Recovery Partition)

Server B:    Healthy (EFI System Partition) and Healthy (OEM Partition)

The confusion is why one server have OEM partition and other does not have and vice versa for Recover partition.

Q1.  If server does not have Recovery Partition then what would its impact on server?
Q2.  If server does not have OEM Partition then what would its impact on server?
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Q1: You would not be able to boot to the recovery partition and use the tools there. But you can boot to the install media and access the same tools.
Q2: You won't have on disk access to the drivers/utilities/firmware that the OEM puts there. But you should be able to download those from the OEM's site.

I find both of these partitions of limited help. I usually download the latest versions of things from the OEM's site when doing a build or updating, and the tools found in the recovery partition can easily be found elsewhere... also, the partitions are of no help if the disk is having issues.
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Muhammad AsifSenior Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your assitance and clarifying the concepts.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Glad to help. :)
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