SBS Reinstall - Opinions Please

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike Gregg, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Mike Gregg

    Mike Gregg Guest


    I am reinstalling SBS 2003 because I did it on one partition a couple of
    months ago just to play with. Now I am getting serious.

    Curently I have partioned a 40 gig drive
    C: 8 Gig intended for system
    D: 20 for Exchange, ISA, and SQL if I mess with it
    E: and ballance for user files

    My questions are:

    1. Is this partition plan OK?

    2. Currently I am at the Component Installation screen...
    Should I put all the server tools on D: with Exchange & ISA
    Or should I break up Tools and put Monitoring, Networking, and
    Administration on C: while just putting Intranet and maybe Client
    Deployment on D:


    Mike Gregg, Apr 14, 2004
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  2. Mike Gregg

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    I noticed that you cannot break them up...

    SO I will just put them on D: since I do not want Sharepoint on the system

    Mike Gregg, Apr 14, 2004
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  3. 8 is the low end for the system, how about 10?

    There is very little advantage to the third partition, I'd just run 2.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Apr 14, 2004
  4. Mike Gregg

    Mike Gregg Guest


    So put everything on D: except what installs initially on C: ?

    Mike Gregg, Apr 14, 2004
  5. during the SBS portion of install many components can be changed in one of
    two aspects, the location of the installed program and the location of data
    accessed by the program. Some components move well, others don't.

    My mind has slowly changed over several months, so searches of this and the
    SBS2000 group will reveal differences in my opinions. The total drive space
    available and physical drive count also has an impact on just what may be
    moved where and what advantage may be gained from this.

    I like to leave all the SBS stuff on C (this week :) and with a 40G drive
    think you don't have enough space to waste on a dedicated program install
    partition. As well as the area required for files you want some slack space
    and room so that programs can be updated and additional programs installed.

    My LoungeAN SBS2K3 has OS/Programs installed on 8.4G partitions, there is
    2.5GB free space. I now consider this marginal. It is this size because I
    originally installed on a pair of 9GB SCSI drives in hardware RAID with a
    couple of other drives for data, I have since moved the install to a pair of
    80G IDE drives, I'll be expanding the partition when I get around to it.

    User Shares are easily positioned during install.
    Sharepoint is, IMHO, easily moved post install.
    Exchange database can be done during install but (if memory is correct)
    moving the Exch log files cannot be done till later.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Apr 14, 2004
  6. Mike Gregg

    Mike Gregg Guest


    I will probably redo it tommorrow but with it passing midnight I went ahead
    with what might be quite a mess.

    I put the entire tools to D: Exchange to D: and Fax services will only go
    to C:

    Exchange Data folders to D:

    I put the SQL Database to E: (Thinking it might be the Sharepoint Data)

    I put User Folders and Sent Faxes to E: Exchange folders to D:

    The E: drive theory was for easy backup but the SQL Data in there might have
    been a mistake.

    Any way tommorrow is another day... ay mate


    The thought was to share the E: drive to users for a free for all space wise
    Mike Gregg, Apr 14, 2004
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