RAID is not an ant spray

On November 12, 2004, in news, by

I’m using two types of RAID tonight.  One is the ant spray [it’s been raining here the last couple of days and the ants are coming indoors out of the rain] and the other is Redundant array of inexpensive drives.  I’m setting up the mondo server and the Smart Start from HP wizardized a RAID 1+0 as the preferred way.  Okay, you know me and wizards.

Oh, sniff sniff… I”m to the section where you choose the OS and they have Novell, Windows NT greyed out [yeah!], Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 options.  Clicking on Windows 2003 gives me Small Business Server 2003 as an option.

Now on my main 34 gig I have the option of partitioning.  Now here comes the decision time.  In fact I’m pinging Chad and getting advice on partitioning and what not.  Interesting the wizard wants a minimum of 16 gig with my chosen OS.  It wants 10 gig for Windows 2003 standard as a minimum.  Interesting, it wants the product key for SBS inside the wizard.  Oh this is confusing… it’s asking for license type of “per seat” or “per server”.  I’m guessing per seat for now.

Next the HP wizard wants to have a SNMP string.  First off CHANGE this from “public” to something else.  Never leave this as the default.

Here we go goes partitioning the hard drives and it’s just asked me for the SBS disks!  Excitement in the air as we see the “copying data file” icons fly through the air.


5 Responses to RAID is not an ant spray

  1. Matt Gibson says:

    Out of curiosity, why RAID 0+1? I find RAID 5 to be a better match for most systems.

  2. Susan says:

    Just seeing what the wizard recommended and that’s what it did. I may flatten it and start over but I just wanted to see what this did. It’s 1+0 not 0+1 by the way.

  3. ObiWan says:

    Yeah, 1+0 is faster than 5… given you know what you are doing btw

    (but I’ve no doubt about that <grin>) and in case someone is still

    wondering and/or confusing raid 1+0 and 0+1, well have a look here

    This is the 1+0 (or RAID-10)

    and this is the 0+1

    not the same beast at all 🙂

  4. Reasons to Partition: VOLUME SHADOW COPY!

    I have started partitioning HD’s again after stopping it once Windows got past the GB limits back in the day. One simple reason to do it is to leave yourself a place for the Volume Shadow Service to save it’s changes. Since it’s a Volume shadow I am not really interested in having everything on the server being watched by VSS so partition out an area for those docs you know will be changing and users will screw up (oh did I say that) and another partition that your not going to VSS for say all those MP3’s that magically end up on the server.

  5. Manfred says:

    I have 3 40 gig dynamic drives , 2 unallocated, 2003 Server disk Manage ment has greyed out the RAID5 option. Any ideas about whats up?