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    I'm currently migrating our physical server onto ESX 3.5 platform. I currently have 3 different file shares on the network with a total for 500GB in files. A classification of fileshares is provided below:

    FileShare A: 95GB (Home Drive Mapping)
    FileShare B: 84GB (departments)
    FileShare C: 230GB (Shared data between all departments)

    Currently these file shares are on a SAN. The File Server VM will be hosting these shares on a VMDK on SAN. My question is:

    (A) How should I design the layout for file server in terms on Disks?
    (B) should I create just one VM based file server and assign it a 500GB virtual disk to host all these file shares?
    OR
    (C) should I create a seperate VM to host FileShare C?

    Any suggestions are most welcome and appreciated.

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    Re: Migrating file share onto a VM

    Originally posted by crazyleo_EA View Post
    I'm currently migrating our physical server onto ESX 3.5 platform. I currently have 3 different file shares on the network with a total for 500GB in files. A classification of fileshares is provided below:

    FileShare A: 95GB (Home Drive Mapping)
    FileShare B: 84GB (departments)
    FileShare C: 230GB (Shared data between all departments)

    Currently these file shares are on a SAN. The File Server VM will be hosting these shares on a VMDK on SAN. My question is:

    (A) How should I design the layout for file server in terms on Disks?

    (B) should I create just one VM based file server and assign it a 500GB virtual disk to host all these file shares?
    That would be acceptable, with the qualification that there's not a tremendous amount of disk i/o on your file shares that would warrant separate .vmdks on separate LUN to handle the load. You might also consider clustering your file server, however, clustering doesn't add much value once virtualized assuming your VM environment has HA on a SAN with redundant hardware/paths/etc.

    Originally posted by crazyleo_EA View Post
    (C) should I create a seperate VM to host FileShare C?
    The only thing I'd start to consider for C is an RDM due to it's size. RDM = Raw Device Mapping. Check it out.
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