We are a small company and have just purchased a HP DL360 to use as a web server. It has two 73Gb Hard drives and we want to configure these as RAID 1 which I understand is disk mirroring, is that correct?
We will be installing Windows 2003 Standard edition on the server, does the server use software to configure RAID or is it configured in the BIOS (or anywhere else for that matter) we are very new to this.
I read that hardware configured RAID is more effective than software configured RAID, is this true?
We will also be backing up our server, but we want to have some sort of fail safe in case a disk goes down as the web site is a working application with a SQL database.
You have 2 options to setup raid 1, hardware or software.
Hardware is done using a Raid controller either built into your motherboard or as a seperate card, so you can only use this if you have the hardware. It is generally considered better than software raid as all the work is done by the hardware.
It is configured in the raid controller setup, which you access while the server os booting.
Software Raid is setup once you have installed windows, through disk managment, Because windows is doing all the disk management there is some overhead.
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