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Deploying Hyper V using an iSCSI SAN for VHD files

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Morning -

Just curious as to what everyone is doing out there when it comes to using iSCSI SANs to hold the data files for Hyper V Virtual Machines...

Are you creating an iSCSI LUN on the host box that points to an iSCSI share on the SAN and then are you using that virtual disk drive for all your VM data files such as the VHD?

By the way - we're talking about print server VMs, App server, monitoring server all running Windows Server 2003 std - nothing mission critical

Thank you for any help
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Should this perhaps be moved to a different zone?  Perhaps a Server 2008 Hyper V zone?  Or a SAN zone...?
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cool - this is exactly the kind of advice i was looking for!

Question...

How are you mounting a LUN inside an NTFS folder on the host?  We use a NetApp 3020 with iSCSI SAN functionality.
When i mount LUNs, i don't ever remember seeing this option....


Thanks again!!

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Never mind...found the article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307889


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ok - so i read the article..very cool!  We've never had need to use these before...

So i guess if i'm looking at my host server, i can take my physical D: and create a folder called VMs.  Then create subfolders for each VM - vm1, vm2, vm3 etc..

then mount my iSCSI luns inside these individual folders.  Then within these individual folders create a folder for the VHD files.

Is this the general idea?


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That is exactly how to do it.

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In the above explanation with mounting LUNS inside empty NTFS folders, is there a problem with having all the VM files in one folder:

For instance - LUN mounted to vm01
inside this folder i have the vhd file.
Then within the vm01 folder is a vm01 subfolder that contains all the vm files
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I put all of my VM files into the same folder.  Things are just easier that way.  You are on the right track.

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