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Was thinking about setting up the following.  A hp dl180 with 12 drive bays RAID 6-ADG,  running esxi.  On top of that will install Openfiler as a VM to create an iSCSI SAN.   The second VM on that will run Windows 2008 Standard to run the management VMware Virtual Center to control two other physical servers (nodes) running their own esxi.  Any VMware gurus out there can give me some advice on this setup?  Any drawbacks?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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How to Use OpenFiler to Link VMware ESX Server to a Free iSCSI SAN - http://www.petri.co.il/connect-vmware-esx-server-iscsi-san-openfiler.htm

Are you doing this for testing ?
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I have already setup openfiler on its own box and ran in a vmware enviroment fine.  Was just wondering about running openfiler as a VM.  Openfiler even has a VM download.  Also wondering any drawbacks with running the vmware management as a vm versus physical server.  Wanted to save on an additional physical box since both doesn't seem to require that much resources.  This setup will eventually go into production.  
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How about DRS and HA ? Are you planning to use them in production ?

With respect to vCenter, running it on a VM is not a problem as long as you backup your vCenter DB regularly.
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Probably only HA and Vmotion.  And yes in production.  How often exactly is regularly.  The new Vsphere includes a agentless backup which I don't know exactly what it is.  But is it good enough to just backup the all the VMs or specifically the vcenter db as well?
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Backing up VMs is required in order to recover from any disaster.

Backing up your vCenter DB is needed if you need your Resource Pool Config and other Config which is related to your vCenter Server.

I would generally recommend an incremental backup from Monday - Thursday and a full backup on Friday of the vCenter DB.
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I don't know much about openfiler but isn't it a single server produce, i.e. if the server it's running on goes down (whether virtual or not) doesn't the whole lot go down? Hardly a HA environment.

LeftHand Virtual San Appliance gets around this by using network RAID so your data and VMs would be stored on VMs on at least two of the servers. Of course you have to pay for it plus twice the number of disks to mirror across the LAN in between VSAs.
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Openfile is great for test labs and playing with features that require shared storage,  however for full production setups I would recommend fault tolerant storage.  You make your VMware environment as fault tolerant as possible and it will repay you massively,  IT management and Business management will just love it's stability, uptime and cost savings
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I would agree (although OpenFiler can be clustered for HA) but you're not allowed to put links to youe business or blog as a signature, you can put it under your profile though.

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