I'm planning on virtualizing our file server and I just wanted to run my plan by you guys to see if it is best practice or is even feasible.
The file server uses LUNs on the SAN for file sharing
The Hosts would have access to the same SAN
The SAN is an EMC Clariion CX 3-40
I want to first convert the OS partition and place it in the LUN shared by the other VMs. From here I'm a bit lost as to what do do next.
Do I just mask those LUNS (containing the file shares) for the HBA's on my hosts and attach them to a VM? That won't wipe the data in the LUNs will it?
I know Vmware lets you do this (they call it Raw Disk Mapping) but does Xenserver do this as well? I can't imagine Xenserver not letting me do this but I wanted to ask if this was possible.
Thank you all very much for your time and patience.