Best practice setting up Exchange 2k3 VM with SAN iSCSI target?
Posted on 2010-08-13
We are moving our backend Eschange 2k3 mail servers to VM's in a ESX vSphere environment. We are trying to decide what is the best way to setup the database and log partitions which will be hosted on our Equallogic SAN for performance and ease of backup. For backup we will be using a Dell Powervault tape jukebox and Backup Exec for software.
Currently we are debating whether we should create the luns on the SAN and then use the Microsoft iSCSI initiator inside the Win 2k3 Ent. Server VM to mount those drives for Exchange to connect to.
Or option two, connect to those luns from the ESX VM Host and present that as a drive to the guest Win 2k3 VM from VMware.
Of ESX environment consistst of a Equallogic SAN and 3 VM servers running ESX 4.0.
If anyone can suggest, point out another better way, or point me to some best practices links I would greatly appreciate it.