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7th January 2008, 01:25 PM #1
Best raid set up for Exchange server
I have an 64k server that i am going to be setting up from scratch and install Exchange 2007. I was wondering what would be the best raid set up for this? The server is a PowerEdge 2950 and below is the spec...
2 x Xeon 5050 3.0Ghz/2x2mb 667FSB
4GB 533 Ram( 4 x 1GB DIMMs )
4 x 160GB SATA HDD ( Originally configured into a Raid 10 )
Perc 5i Card
The server was purchased by an ex NM and was never set up correctly before he left. I am going to set it up from scratch and wanted so good practice/advice.
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7th January 2008, 01:30 PM #2
64k server? Wish I had that sort of budget
With 4 disks I'd go for RAID-5 personally... 480GB of space, decent performance & redundancy.
7th January 2008, 01:57 PM #3
If you can, I'd see about putting another pair of drives in there. Have two for the OS in RAID1 and put the other four into a RAID 5 array for the database and log files.
7th January 2008, 02:03 PM #4
Agree with both of the above comments. RAID5 the existing disks and if possible add two more disks and RAID1 them for the OS.
7th January 2008, 02:27 PM #5
Unfortunatley I dont have the finances to add another two drives?
7th January 2008, 02:38 PM #6
Then Raid-5 is your best bet
7th January 2008, 02:48 PM #7
what about just one seperate drive for the OS?
7th January 2008, 02:51 PM #8
Right pain if that drive goes wrong...
7th January 2008, 03:25 PM #9
Yep, can assure you that one drive with the OS on is bad news. A quote from earlier today:
"where is the web-site? why can't I ping the web server? why does the server sound like a sherman tank? f^&* socks! it's the OS disk!"
7th January 2008, 03:45 PM #10
Agree with Norphy & Geoff...definately try to use 2 disks for the OS - Raid 1 and Raid 5 the others. I know it will be an added expense but well worth it! You can always go for slightly smaller drives if the 160's are too expensive.
7th January 2008, 03:46 PM #11
Don't use raid on your OS drive! that's not a good idea at all.
Use a single drive for the OS and put the exchange store on a raid5 partition.
If the power goes down raid can have problems with OS partitions and often results in a corrupted system.
When it comes to disaster recovery of the OS drive simply back up the OS drive's systate or ghost it. Very easy to do on a non raid drive.
7th January 2008, 03:50 PM #12
Which is why you have an online UPS between your server and the powergrid and buy raid cards that have a battery backup.
If the power goes down raid can have problems with OS partitions and often results in a corrupted system
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