2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 10, 2013 9:52 AM by dodell

    Should you partition the drives on a OS 10.8 for Filemaker Server 11/12?

    dodell

      Hello,

       

      Should you partition the drives on a OS 10.8 for Filemaker Server 11/12?

       

      The FileMaker 12 Server Configuration guide (https://fmdev.filemaker.com/docs/DOC-2634) on page 11 suggest this is essential for Windows OS.

      But what about on OS 10.8? It doesn't mention that this is necessary or recommend to partition the OS on Mac's from the FileMaker databases and Storage/Backup. Any suggestions?

       

      "It is highly recommended to configure the disk array into three logical volumes. One partition should contain the operating system and FileMaker Server. The second partition should be used to store the databases that will be hosted by FileMaker Server. The last partition should be used to store local backup files and performance logs. It is important that there be a logical separation between the application (FileMaker Server), hosting volume (where FileMaker databases are hosted), and backup volume (where backups will be stored for the backups made during daily activities)."

       

      Cheers,

       

      Derek

        • 1. Re: Should you partition the drives on a OS 10.8 for Filemaker Server 11/12?
          taylorsharpe

          Having the Operating System and applications on their own partition and the data on its own partition is a safer configuration and usually adds performance.  Partitions can become corrupt over many reasons, but a lot of those reasons have to do with application or OS corruption.  By keeping those on a separate partition, the corruption of the OS partition minimizes it hurting the data.  If available, it is even better to have the OS and applications on their own drive and not on the same array.  This helps with performance since data read/writes are separate from the OS/application read/writes.  A good configuration on a Mac is to have a 4 drive array and a 5th separate drive with OS and applications on it.  Then you keep a carbon copy clone of the OS on the array so that if the OS corrupts, you can just carbon copy clone it back to a new drive and you're off and running.  Keep in mind the best RAID configuration for databases is RAID10. 

           

          In general, all hardware recommendations for Windows are equally as good for the Mac, but the Mac just has less hardware options.  My favorite small business configuration of a Mac is to have a Mac Mini with two drives and maxed out RAM.  The first drive has the OS and applications and the 2nd drive is the Time Machine backup.  Then I connect a very fast Pegasus RAID10 Thunderbolt drive for the data, plus a carbon copy clone of the OS/application drive.  While the Mac Mini is a consumer level machine, it actually performs really well with a RAID as fast as the Pegasus and there is no beating Thunderbolt technology for speed. 

           

          Hopefully the new Mac Pro will come out this year with Thunderbolt and the Mac will have a better server solution. 

          • 2. Re: Should you partition the drives on a OS 10.8 for Filemaker Server 11/12?
            dodell

            Thanks Taylor.  This is exactly what I was looking for.