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  • Setup VM workstation and create SAN disk /iscsi on home pc?

    Hi all,
    I have used VM Workstation 6/7 and run a few different OS vm's with DC/Exchange/smtp/xp etc.

    I had used local disk of 2TB and kept allocating 20GB per vm. Now I would like to change this methodology and use some type of iSCSI or local SAN.

    1. Is there a setp by step guide on how I can use the whole of the 2TB disk as the SAN at home?

    2. Can I allocate 2 separate physical drives to one SAN disk with my home desktop?

    I would appreciate any step by step guide that will help me set this environment at home. I am familiar with VM workstation7 and would like to create a SAN disk from scratch.

    Thank you for your assistance
    Kos

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    Re: Setup VM workstation and create SAN disk /iscsi on home pc?

    A traditional SAN requires some additional fibre channel hardware. For most home / lab setups this is usually unsuitable. On the other hand, iSCSI works well, as it can be implemented entirely on the software stack.

    I've used Sun (now Oracle) VirtualBox for running virtualized Windows systems and FreeNAS for iSCSI target. All in the same, lovely, 27" iMac .

    -vP

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      Re: Setup VM workstation and create SAN disk /iscsi on home pc?

      Check if this website helps you http://www.openfiler.com/

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        Re: Setup VM workstation and create SAN disk /iscsi on home pc?

        great thank you!

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          Re: Setup VM workstation and create SAN disk /iscsi on home pc?

          Or FreeNAS.
          Marcel
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