We are upgrading to PI Server 2012. Is it ok to install on a NON C Drive or its only to be installed in C drive? Same applies to the other tools such as PI AF, Coresight etc. There were mixed reviews and responses to this
Is very recommended to install the PI system and their components in a different drive, for ie. D, because if you install all the components in C, in the future the C drive will start to fill with Pi backup and so on) and is probably that the archiving process stop to save values and the archive shift process wll stopped also by insufficient space.
When you are performing the PI installation, archives and AF, please change the default folder installation for D. and Only leave the C drive for OS. is a best practice from OSI.
You said you are upgrading your PI Server, so I understand you already have the previous version installed on C drive.
That being true, you will need first to follow the "Move the PI Server to a Different Directory on the Same Computer" section on the PI System Management Guide version 3.4.380.
After the move, upgrade the software.
As the others have mentioned, it is indeed possible (and recommended!) to install the PI Data Archive on a different drive other than C:. Generally speaking for all OSI products, it is a good idea to install on a drive other than C: because C: houses the Windows operating system, and installing applications on separate drives can be better for performance (applications do not need to compete for disk I/O). There is actually a page in the Live Library that discusses the "ideal" best practices for where to store different PI Data Archive files.
As Guilherme mentioned, if you have the PI Data Archive installed already, you may need to follow the move procedure to change the installation directory.
Thanks all for the inputs. I asked because we specifially were told some time ( years) that installing in C was recommended ( for AF specifically).
And forgot to mention, its in a brand new server, so a fresh install in a non C drive this time.
See this in the PI 2012 Server docs (still holds for later versions of PI Data Archive, it has suggestions on optimum install paths (ideally 5 local volumes)
Note, the PI 2014 and 2015 are "friendlier" than in the past as the kits include suggestions based on available disk space where the various components should reside.
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