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Best configuration for NT4 server?

By rka ·
I have read that it's better to have your o/s installed on a separate FAT drive from your data which should be on a Raid-5 array using NTFS. Some people I know have just made their entire server NTFS Raid-5 with the o/s on a partition of the raid-5array. Can anybody give me their preference with supporting logic? Appreciate any input here.

Bob Adsit

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by VinnyD In reply to Best configuration for NT ...

Once upon a time when drives were small, I always liked the O/S on one drive and the data on another. I always used NTFS for the added security on both drives.

Today with drives getting so big, I keep one partition for the o/s and another for data. With drive prices dropping today I prefer using a second hard drive to mirror the 1st incase of failure. And I still always use NTFS partitions for both.

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by MtnSqs In reply to Best configuration for NT ...

The only problem with having your OS on a RAID drive is that the swap file is also on the RAID system - multiple copies spread all over theplace - it really slows things up.

You will most likely have stacks of old small drives - 2 - 4 Gb - use one of these as system drive - and ONLY put the system and swap file on it. Everything else (includeing all installed software goes onto your RAID system.

Keep good backups of your system drive and you can easily restore if you have a crash .

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by Ian Mclaws In reply to Best configuration for NT ...

I agree with poster 2 in that you will have a pagefile fragmentation and slowdown problem with your o\s on all drives in RAID 5. I also agree with his other suggestion of having a system drive, but we do it a little differently. Every server we set up that does not include hardware RAID has software RAID 1,5 on it. This means that in a standard two IDE controller x86 system, we put four hard disks in. A C primary partition is defined which is used for o\s, pagefile and nothing else! This C is duplexed with RAID 1 to a disk on the second (other) IDE controller. A RAID 5 array is then created using the largest possible size available from all four disks (it will default to the smallest member, you end up with a small amount of free spaceon the non-RAID 1 drives which can be used for other partitions.) One of the beauties of this is that NT4.0 and Win2K both automatically use the pagefile.sys on the least used hard disk, so since your system is mirrored, the pagefile on the mirror is used with the o\s on the C:\, by default unless writing data to the system drive.
I use only NTFS on all partitions, FAT is a security nightmare!

Good luck,

Ian

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by rka In reply to Best configuration for NT ...

Thanks for taking time to write. Your note sums up much of what I have been reading on the subject.

Bob Adsit

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Thanks to everyone who responded.

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