Help with Hyper-V Planning for Intel Modular Server
Posted on 2009-12-30
I'm looking to get some assistance on how to best design & revamp our entire organization with Hyper-V. Some questions I have are not Hyper-V specific as well. Think of this post as being able to give your input on how to best design & optimize an entirely clean slate of a network, as we'll only planning to migrate data over from our old servers.
Through some research & vendor talk, here's the list of the fun new hardware & software I've obtained:
Intel Modular Server Chassis MFSYS25
2 Compute Modules (blades) MFS5520VI
Both Modules have 2 Xeon 5520 CPUs & 16GB of 1066 DDR3 RAM
Currently have 7 SAS 10k disks
Intel Shared LUN Key
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (gives us 4-5 virtual server licenses)
I have many questions bouncing around my head, but let me toss a few on the bigger ones out, and perhaps everything else will become more clear as I move along during testing.
1) I am totally unfamiliar with clustering, of any kind. I do have a partition that has a shared LUN on the chassis level, and I see the disk marked as offline on both of my 2008 Enterprise test servers. What do I need to do now to enable that partition as a shared volume or cluster between the 2 servers ? Also, I'd like to toy around with Hyper-V clustering, so I can see how it works and then decide if & where it makes sense for our infrastructure.
2) I am very concerned about overall disk I/O. There will initally be about 5 servers running off these 7 disks. I have the ability to purchase and make it 8 disks total, if that helps with a better overall RAID solution, for maximizing I/O performance across the board. The server types will be a couple of DC's, a file server, a SQL server, and an Exchange server. This is to support a LAN of about 60 users.
3) How do I setup the fixed size VHD's & disk partitions for maximum performance ? Do I need to worry about certain data types being on RAID1 vs RAID5 vs RAID10 ? Split the OS partitions from data partitions, even if they are on a VHD ?
Even though I'm a bit fuzzy on certain areas of this project right now, I learn quickly by testing things out, and am very excited to start!