Sun, Sep 26 2004 22:29
Dear SBS OEM install
There is one thing we hate about your install. You put everything on one harddrive when best practices say to separate the OS from the Exchange to the SQL. So what do my fellow SBS MVPs consultants do with that lovely 15 minute install?
They take the information in the following whitepaper and move everything where it should be.
Download details: Moving Data Folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003:
Which basically takes that 15 minute install out of being a 15 minute install and makes it a much longer and much more annoying install. They tend to take a RAID 1 or RAID5 and slam down the entire SBS install in the 12 gig partition. As was said on a listserve “Spend more time moving Exchange databases and user folders than is saved on the stupid thing.” Too bad the vendors can't step up to the plate on that. Seems like HP or IBM or Dell could poll and get a consensus, I mean like everyone knows to stick Exchange on another spindle along with SQL. You certainly would never ever install the entire SBS 2003 on that initial partition. That's just dumb. And if they are selling this with and without partners installing it, you are going to get those DIY'ers into trouble real fast. I also hear a lot of consultants flattening them and starting over so they can set it up their way.
How is everyone else handling the “OEM setups”?
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