I am re-doing some of my test lab stuff at home. I am going to be putting VMserver on a linux host. I am going to use software RAID b/c its a cheaper tower server without a hardware RAID card.
Anyways, I am going to use either 2 250GB drives in a RAID 1 or 3 250GB drives in a RAID 5
I have been reading on the different types of filesystems I can use on the host box(linux). It appears ext3 doesn't perform nearly as well as say Reiserfs etc. Do any of you have any experience with this? what would be the preferred file system time for a VMware host? From what i've read reiserfs is the fastest but you can't put a reiserfs partition on a guest OS when the host is reiser, but thats not a concern to me at all.
also I was wondering about the stride i should use on the RAID array. Since a larger stride is better for "larger" files would i use that since the vmdk files are very large files? or does it read into the vmdk files to write the "small" files meaning i should stay with a normal or smaller stride?