Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 supports the use of iSCSI connected disks as storage for the SharePoint Server and its associated data files.
For this installation, the disk drive letters “N”, “S” and “T” are all iSCSI target volumes allocated to server DMRTK-SRVR-B2, which is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition. The iSCSI target volumes were created in the standard fashion described in other sections of this document.
The installation wizard prompts steps through the installation with minimal interaction from the user.
The Advanced installation option is chosen so that the iSCSI target device, drive letter “N”, can be used for the location of all the SharePoint programs and data. A stand-alone deployment will be performed.
When the installation wizard completes, the SharePoint configuration wizard is launched.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 can be deployed using an iSCSI storage solution. The basic requirements for storage for Exchange Server 2007 are that there is enough capacity, acceptable disk latency and response time, and enough disk throughput to meet service level agreements. The disk storage must be formatted using NTFS. Due to its 64-bit nature, increases in database cache and other improvements, transactional I/O requirements for Exchange Server 2007 have been reduced from previous releases.
Unlike previous versions of Exchange Server, network-attached storage is not supported in Exchange Server 2007. The only network-based storage transports supported for Exchange Server 2007 are iSCSI and Fibre Channel. In Microsoft test labs, iSCSI has been proven as a capable storage transport for Exchange Server. When high throughput is required, Microsoft recommends multiple network adapters and the use of MPIO.
Microsoft provides detailed deployment guides for Exchange Server 2007. These deployment guides include a major chapter on the planning of disk storage for Exchange Server and cover a variety of topics including storage capacity, storage technology, RAID selection, LUN sizes, storage validation (i.e. Jetstress), and more. These deployment guides are available at: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange. In addition, Microsoft has created the Exchange Solution Reviewed Program – Storage (ESRP), which is a Microsoft Exchange Server program designed to facilitate third-party storage testing and solution publishing for Exchange Server. Details about ESRP are available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb412164.aspx.
Exchange Server 2007 provides a wizard to perform the installation.
Steps 1, 2 and 3 had already been completed before the Exchange Server 2007 installation began. The wizard was launched, license agreement reviewed and installation choices made.
A “typical” installation was performed. The Exchange Server will be installed in the default location. The Exchange organization was given as “Demartek-Lab”. Outlook 2003 clients are available in this environment, so the public folder database will be created.