Planning to setup an ESX 3.5 Cluster with the following hardware:
SAN: DELL MD3000i 15x 600GB 15K
SRV1: DELL R710 / 6x 450GB 15K HDD; 72GB RAM; 8xNIC, 2xQuadCore
SRV2: DELL PE2950II / 6x 450GB 15K HDD; 48GB RAM; 6xNIC, 2xQuadCore (on this server I already have an ESX 3.5 with about 8 VMWares running successfully)
About 30 win servers will run on this environment no Exchange, no Oracle, no other DB
SAN and Srv1 are already iSCSI connected (isolated LAN)
1. Best RAID setup for the SAN? (I thought of Raid5 Disk 0-4; Raid5 Disk 5-13 and hotspare Disk14, does it make sense?)
2. How many LUN’s and what size?
3. After finishing step1 how do I best handle the step2?
4. Though the storage from the SAN is enough for my VMWares needs, how can I best use also the internal storage from the servers?
Many thanks in advance