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Old 07-21-2006, 03:25 PM   #1
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ext2 vs ntfs for LARGE enterprise disks

I am tasked with implementing an exchange installation for 6000 users at my uni.

So anyway, i saw this

and am wondering about using this for the message store on server2003.

What are the performance tests i should run to check the stability/performance etc...


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There's not much point in doing this, is there? It's not like the
server will have Linux installed as well; plus ext2 isn't journaling,
and I have no idea how that piece of software would handle the chkdsk
that ext2 needs if it gets shut-down disgracefully.

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Use Linux with either EXT3 or XFS. Then use VMware ESX server to run Windows 2003 server and then use Samba to access Linux filesystems. It is better to have multiple servers to hold all 6000 accounts instead of one server. Four RAID-6 arrays and then combined into RAID-1 for the best response time for each server. This is over kill but it is a huge reduntancy and you get a lot of good responses from people.

For a server, I do not recommend using the software at the listed site because it does not do journaling, does not include tools to fix the drive, and do not know the reliability of the EXT2 IFS.


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