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  • Hi guys,

    A system admin will be creating 1 VM for us on which we will install and configure SCCM. We support up to 2000 users so we will be going for a basic Primary Site installation. As far as hard drive sizing considerations, would you guys suggest we partition one virtual HD into several partitions (OS, SCCM, SQL) or request several virtual HDs that will be mounted? Or should I just install everything on one partition? I realize that hard drive speed is what will make the difference, but not sure about designing the sizing and partitioning of the hard drive. 

    We have several locations with a weak network link while most locations are fast. Would configuring a DP at the slower locations be enough?


    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:00 PM

Answers

  • For 2000 clients, I would recommend 3 drives, seperate VHDs that are mounted.

    C: - OS Only - 100GB

    D: - SQL - ~250GB (DB, Logs)

    E: - ConfigMgr - ~500GB

    For locations with a weak network link, it is better to have a remote DP & MP.  Alternatively you can also look at 3rd party add on solutions to ConfigMgr like Nomad from 1E.

    Good luck with your ConfigMgr environment.

    • Proposed as answer by KarthikRI Friday, October 9, 2015 3:25 PM
    • Marked as answer by loss4words83 Friday, October 9, 2015 4:23 PM
    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:25 PM

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  • For a CM12, I will always recommend at least two drives.

    C:\ OS Only

    D:\ Everything else.

    Ideally these should be two different VHD and the more spindles the better.


    Garth Jones | My blogs: Enhansoft and Old Blog site | Twitter: @GarthMJ

    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:12 PM
  • Thank you, Garth! 

    Should these be two separate physical drives or just two VHDs?

    I've been reading several posts where people are suggesting dividing disks into OS, SQL, SCCM, Content..is this only applicable to larger, more complicated environments?

    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:21 PM
  • For 2000 clients, I would recommend 3 drives, seperate VHDs that are mounted.

    C: - OS Only - 100GB

    D: - SQL - ~250GB (DB, Logs)

    E: - ConfigMgr - ~500GB

    For locations with a weak network link, it is better to have a remote DP & MP.  Alternatively you can also look at 3rd party add on solutions to ConfigMgr like Nomad from 1E.

    Good luck with your ConfigMgr environment.

    • Proposed as answer by KarthikRI Friday, October 9, 2015 3:25 PM
    • Marked as answer by loss4words83 Friday, October 9, 2015 4:23 PM
    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:25 PM
  • Should these be two separate physical drives or just two VHDs?

    I've been reading several posts where people are suggesting dividing disks into OS, SQL, SCCM, Content..is this only applicable to larger, more complicated environments?

    It all depend on your VM and your underlying disk layout.

    It is a complete waste of space/iops/time to break thing into more drives, if they all share the same underlying disk. there is zero benefit.

    But if you can control the underlying disk layout then you might see some benefit. But honestly for 2000 computers, I wouldn't worry too much about it.


    Garth Jones | My blogs: Enhansoft and Old Blog site | Twitter: @GarthMJ

    Friday, October 9, 2015 3:30 PM
  • Thanks guys! This was very helpful.
    Friday, October 9, 2015 4:24 PM