I would really like to know how to set up my raid so that I can install ESX 4 in a way that will actually let me adjust the block size of my datastore.
I found out the long way that ESX 4 by default installs a 1MB block size. Then as per Vmware's documentation the resolution is to install 3.5 (which my account won't let me anyway because I am licesensed for 4....never had 3.5 in the first place) and then upgrade to 4.0. This isn't really an option for me.
Then there is something about building a second raid set to install the host and leave the original disc for the vmfs. I wouldn't mind doing this but It also says that there is now way to install the second datastore as the same drive as the GUI...well to save time it is all right here: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1012683
I would just like a way to do this without busting my raid again, it takes hours to rebuild.
Here is my situation. I want to install datastore in 4 MB block sizes. I have a dell r900 with 8 300 GB 10K hard drives and the expandle raid controller. I want to go raid 5. How can I accomplishe ths.