SBS2003 Disk preparation

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Rick, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    I need your advice please.
    I have a new Dell PowerEdge 1600SC with 3 x 73GB drives. The SBS is not
    pre-installed (nothing is installed as yet).
    Is there a "best practices" or advice site that describes:
    1. basic or dynamic formatting (or a combination)
    2. if basic: partition uses (system, system data, user data, etc.)
    3. naming conventions
    I would like to have everything prepared for the SBS setup before finding
    out after the fact that something is screwy.
    Thanks for your suggestions.
    .... rick
    Rick, Apr 4, 2004
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  2. Rick

    Mal Osborne Guest

    No right or wrong answers here. I would set the 3 drives up as a RAID5
    array using Dells software (You do have hardware raid?). Partition wise I
    would have a 15Gb System, & the rest as data. Other valid options exist.

    Mal Osborne
    MCSE MVP Mensa
    Mal Osborne, Apr 4, 2004
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  3. I'll agree with Mal making a single raid5 volume. 15GB for the OS is a
    little larger than required but hey, you have stacks of space, why not.

    The OS install will create and format your first partition. The second
    partition should be created and formatted once the OS is in but before
    continuing the SBS portion. This will allow you to place SBS components on
    the 2nd partition.

    As you are using hardware raid there's no reason to convert the drives to
    dynamic format.

    Partition naming? SBS doesn't care. C:='OS' and D:='data' makes sense to me.

    AD DNS name? anything but your FQDN.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Apr 4, 2004
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