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By matt5968 ·
I have nt 40 server and using mirror raid. What precautions should I use when I install utilities as norton or any applicaion on the server. From what I understand whatever I do to server it is copied to mirror drive. My fear is after rebooting server after loading an applicatrion is that I may have a problem ..Thanks

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by Churdoo In reply to install precaution

The point of a mirror or any other kind of storage redundancy, is to protect you from a hardware failure, not software. A mirror will not keep software from dorking your system; it would just dork both drives in the mirror set equally as well. :-) So with a mirror set, as far as the OS is concerned, it is one drive, and you apply the same precautions as you would for a non-mirrored drive.

If you're asking about general precautions, then I would say this. The point of the server is to sitthere and serve. The more you put (install) on the server that may clutter its main tasks, then the more you are putting yourself at risk for some sort of software corruption. Before installing any utilities on the server itself, ask yourself if you really need that installed on the server or might it be more of a hinderance to the normal operation of the server.
Secondly, don't risk filling up the main OS partition (C-drive, in most cases). Most OS's, NT included, don't react very well to the main OS partition running out of room. So if you do determine that you need extra utilities installed on the server, watch the C-drive Free space, and consider putting stuff on another drive if available.
Thirdly, (not necessarily in order of importance) make an ERD before you add something to a known-working server (see the rdisk documentation) so that if something does get hosed in the install, you can reboot from CD or an NT boot floppy set and you should be able to restore your systemto a state prior to the install.
Hope this helps!
--Charlie

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by jyimcse In reply to install precaution

C. Hooper knows what he is talking about. I strongly suggest you don't install norton utilities on your server. ERD is a must. Make a D partition for data and programs. C is your boot partition, 4GB should be sufficient. Also, if you are alreadyin a mirrorred environment, then I strongly suggest you read about recovering from a hard drive failure. i.e. arch paths, etc. What good is a backup if you don't know how to recover.

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