Hyper-V and Virtualization - New install, need recommendations
Posted on 2009-02-19
I am in the process of deploying a new Dell 2950 with DAS MD1000 that will be used for virtualization. The questions I have are in regards to best options for which type of RAID to deploy and where certain files should be setup. The server has 16GB RAM, (2) Quad core 3.0 processors and currently has (2) 136GB 15K SAS drives internal, and is attached to an MD1000 that currently has (3) 450GB 15K SAS drives. I currently have the (2) 136GB drives in RAID 1 and have the Windows Server '08 (64bit) installed here. All of this space is allocated to a single drive (C:). I currently have the (3) 450GB drives in RAID 5, none of this space has been allocated yet.
I am confused regarding the placement of the VHD files and the placement of where to save the actual virtual machine files. I am open to reconfiguring the current RAID. Is is better to mirror the (2) disks and only put the HOST install there, or should I also put the OS installs for the virtual machines there? What is the best recommended way to go with what I currently have? What is the best way if I were to buy additional drives? At this point the virtual machines would be file servers, or lightly used application servers.