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Adding more hard drive space

  Asked By: Benny    Date: May 02    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1401

We're looking to upgrade our SharePoint servers to hopefully help with
some performance issues and "page cannot be displayed" problems we've
been having. We'll be doubling our ram, and also want to add a
significant amount of hard drive space. However, I'm wondering if
adding hard drive space in the form of an external drive would be as
effective as adding it (or replacing what's there) directly to the
server? My boss is convinced it won't do the trick, but I'm not so
sure. Can anyone advise?

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Answer #1    Answered By: Kareem Flynn     Answered On: May 02

doubling ram  = good

is the server running everything (SQL IIS/Sharepoint)?

tell us more about your environment and maybe we can come up with an effective way to make it more "peppy". how many users access it?

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Tyron Calderon     Answered On: May 02

If by external drive  you mean some type of NAS or USB/Firewire drive this is
not an option for SharePoint. The underlying storage mechanisms will not
allow you to place data files on these types of drives and performance  would
be miserable even if you could. Replacing the existing disks with larger
and faster disks would be prefered. We generally suggest a RAID 5 array of
3 73 GB 15K RPM SCSI drives for small installations. We run SharePoint fine
on IDE and SATA disks for development/testing/demo but I think these types
of drives are on the slow side for a production server. That said, we have
successfully used servers  with SATA drives as front end web servers were we
have a SQL Server with a big fast drive array for storage.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Irvin Foley     Answered On: May 02

We have two servers  off in their own domain - one for the portal server, and one for SQL. We're hosting two portals and one top level WSS site. We have approximately 5,000 documents, totalling approximately 13.5 G. We also have approximately 240 current users. Our current environment is as follows:

SharePoint server: Intel Xeon 2.4 ghz, 1G RAM, 34G hard  drive, 27 free
SQL Server: Intel Xeon 2.8 ghz, 524MB RAM, 34G hard drive, 12 free (Windows 2000 box)

I'm thinking our performance  problems could have a lot to do with the above environment. I'm not a network person, though, so I'm a little at a loss!

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Deonte Stein     Answered On: May 02

just try to get your SQL server up to 2+ gb ram.

as for your hard  drive issues: SQL database directory, SQL Log directory, and full text indexes should be on seperate physical drives, or at the very least seperate your logs and databases and leave your full text on the sql database drive. try to mirror these drives using hardware raid.

 
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