if you have a single set of spindles (single RAID array) the only reason for
partitioning is management, partitioning does not improve performance.
I'd create the RAID array and partition 40GB for Hyper-V Server OS, rest as
a single partition for my VHDs.
and yes, you want hardware rather than software (hack ptoooiii) RAID.
"Mike" <Mike@newsgroup> wrote in message
> I did a thread a month or so ago about my new HW and plans to virtualize
> SBS2008 Premium and the Server08 install, and got a lot of good advice and
> plan to start this process in the next week or so. I will be doing a
> SBSMigration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.
> One question if I may:
> I bought a server with 24G of RAM and 4-300Gb 10K Disks. My plan is to
> create one big raid 5 HW array and for SBS2008 setup 100Gb for the OS,
> 250Gb for Exchange, and on the Server08 box 100Gb for the OS, and 450Gb
> apps and file storage.
> Does this sound reasonable? A friend suggested to me to do the raid 5 at
> the HW and slice up the disks in each VM, as that is what he does in his
> environment. But he isn't running Exchange nor SBS2008, so I wanted to
> the experts.
> Thanks for any replies.