VMWare ESX 3.5: DataStore planification and maintenance questions
Posted on 2009-12-28
We would like to begin migrating physical servers to our ESX env, however we would like to clarify some things about the DataStores.
We currently have 2 data stores with 500GB each. Some of the physical server we are going to P2V are file servers with a 300GB drives (E: drives).
If we P2V the servers the DataStore is almost gone between the C: drive and the D: drive, however we will have some space still left.
We have several questions:
1.) If the DataStore runs out of space because the D: drive keeps getting bigger, could the current datastore be expanded or could we create a new Datastore and attach it to the current one? Either way what would be the best solution in such scenario?
2.) Does anyone could suggest a way for us to plan the Datastore creation? I mean larger and less datastores or smaller and more datastores? Planning in future growth (we are a small company we won't have more than 30 or 40 P2V windows servers)
3.) What are the issues or thinks to be aware with the Datastores when carving the space in the SAN? What should be done if we want to resize a Datastore?
We would appreciate anwsers or tips related to this questions.