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By kenscottii ·
We're a very small shop (12 people). We have 4 servers (PDC, Oracle Server, Exchange Server, and WebServer).

We use a common user data directory named USERDATA. That directory has all common user data such as word, excel, act databases, etc.Where would you recommend that it be located?

I currently have it located on the Exchange Server since it's a powerful Dell PowerEdge 2300. My issue is that sometimes I have to reboot the exchange server and the users don't have access to their directory for a while.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance to all that reply.

Ken Scott, MCP

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by stevenreedsr In reply to Where to locate common us ...

I would keepit on the Exchange Server but setup file replication to another server, This way when you reboot the exchange server it will be available still, alternatively move it to a server that doesnt need rebooting so often

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by TomSal In reply to Where to locate common us ...

I agree with the other guy - I think his email suggested his name was Steve. Since you are such a small operation you probably won't notice any major performance gains - however in intensive environments (hundreds of users) Net Admins usually will not put heavily accessed files on a BDC or PDC - because that way you aren't mixing in the load of file access with authentication and replication duties of the Controller.

You should be fine with replication though.

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by Curious_George In reply to Where to locate common us ...

If you have two servers that are Identical hardware and have at least one external SCSI drive array that both servers can be connected to simultaneously, you should consider installing Microsoft Cluster Server, so that the data is always available through one server while the other is rebooted (High availability server). Then put the data on the external disk array. This might be more advanced than you were considering, but it works well.

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by joeri In reply to Where to locate common us ...

Let's keep it simple.
The data of users should be stored on a server. Wether you configure a server only to storage the data (= a file server), but this is of course a quiet expensive solution. Wether you use an existing server to store the data.
When you have to choose which server, then go for the BDC, if you have one. Otherwise use the PDC.
It's not very smart to use an application server (SQL server, Notes server, Exchange server, ...) as a data storage server, for quiet obvious reasons.

The idea of a cluster, is completely out of question. You don't kill a mousquito with a bazooka !!!!

When looking for a solution to a problem, you have to try to keep it as simple as possible, especially when there are only 12 users!

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