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  • need advice: setting up new VMWare ESXi on server with local storage

    Hello,
    I installed and configure couple of VmWare servers with local and shared storage in Lab a year ago. And since that time I am working with Hyper-V. So need some refresh...

    I have to deploy one ESXi 4.1 update 1 host with local storage.

    Specs:
    HP Proliant DL380 G7
    7 HSs - SAS 146GB 15K
    RAM - 32GB
    4 NICs - 1Gb

    2 VMs should be installed: Server 2008 for the App and SQL server
    I still don't have an answer to the question about real load (how many users will acess the host). But I know that the server is a monster for required load.


    Questions:

    1. The best Raid(s) configuration with 7 HDs available.
    I forgot partitioning options on ESX... Please remind...
    In case of local storage, how VMs partition should be separated from HyperVisor.
    Separate Raid? Mirror for HyperVisor and Raid5 for VMs. Or Raid 10 for everything and 1 hot spare disk?

    2. Optimal Network configuration with 4 NICs.

    Please suggest the config that you will do for yourself with provided hardware.

    Thanks,
    Michael.
    "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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    Re: need advice: setting up new VMWare ESXi on server with local storage

    Michael,
    for the raid, I would create 1 raid5 with one hot spare disk.

    Installing the hypervisor, I always install on an USB key connected directly on the motherboard.
    This way, hypervisor is completely separated from your RAID volume.

    About your NIC, is this 4 different nics, two dual port or one quad port?
    I personnaly prefer having at least two dual port for redundancy purpose.
    If the nic card crash for any reason, you lost your connectiviy.

    Now, it depends if you need to access different subnet or not from your vm.
    If not, then I would use all for ports on one vswitch.

    If yes I would use one port on one nic dedicated to management, one on the other nic dedicated to dmz if you have one, and finally two or three (if no dmz) other port on both nics dedicated to your production lan.

    Hope it can help.

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    • #3
      Re: need advice: setting up new VMWare ESXi on server with local storage

      Hello,

      1. >About your NIC, is this 4 different nics, two dual port or one quad port?
      I personnaly prefer having at least two dual port for redundancy purpose.
      If the nic card crash for any reason, you lost your connectiviy.

      Now, it depends if you need to access different subnet or not from your vm.
      If not, then I would use all for ports on one vswitch.

      Installing the hypervisor, I always install on an USB key connected directly on the motherboard

      -- I know about this option but never tried.
      Is it possible to make the exact bootable copy of this USB key.
      If yes, how you do it ?

      2. > About your NIC, is this 4 different nics, two dual port or one quad port?
      I personnaly prefer having at least two dual port for redundancy purpose.
      If the nic card crash for any reason, you lost your connectiviy.

      Now, it depends if you need to access different subnet or not from your vm.
      If not, then I would use all for ports on one vswitch.

      -- This host will serve one subnet. I didn't yet open the cover so cannot tell if it has 2 dual NICS. I believe it is default dl380 4 independent ports. Have to check may be it is one controller.
      Please specify... when you say 4 ports on the same virtual switch. I forgot but probably we can assign management traffic to let say 1 card (of 2 for redundancy)and the other for VMs?

      Thanks for recommendations.
      "When you hit a wrong note it's the next note that makes it good or bad". Miles Davis

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