?
Solved

virtualize a fileserver?

Posted on 2010-08-19
4
Medium Priority
?
992 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
hi experts,

we have about 30 people working here and our fileserver has about 200 GB data,
doc,xls,jpg,tiff,pdf.
Is ist okay to virtualize this server (win2003), so that all files are stored inside this VM?

We have 2 ESX4 Server each running 5 VMs which are stored on a HP MSA2312i(15krpm SAS disks).(HA enabled)

Or are there any disadvantages with virtualizing a fileserver?  (performance, security..)

lenn0x
 
0
Comment
Question by:lenn0x
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 24

Accepted Solution

by:
Luciano Patrão earned 1000 total points
ID: 33473227
Hi

I have virtualize many File Servers

After you virtualize a Server, then you can treated as a normal Physical Server regarding the security.

The performance, just need to create the Server, create a Virtual Disk to hold the files(here you can use a normal disk or a LUN connected directly to the server a RAW disk). The write/read performance will always depend your Storage to hold your Data Files

If you need more information just ask please

Jail
0
 
LVL 28

Assisted Solution

by:bgoering
bgoering earned 600 total points
ID: 33473423
You should hove no issues virtualizaing a file server of that size. I would stick with vmdk files for the data as opposed to rdm. Only thing to watch is snapshots if this is heavily accessed on write, they can grow rather quickly and take forever to commit the data back to the base disk.

Good Luck
0
 
LVL 5

Assisted Solution

by:chkdsk01
chkdsk01 earned 400 total points
ID: 33474002
In my opinion, I do not like to virtualize file servers.  Functionally it's fine to virtualize them.  You won't have any problems virtualizing  a file server.  But in a case like yours and, I'm guessing a number of other people with VMware in a production environment with decent storage for the backend, I would rather just put the file shares on my storage.  Why have another windows server with patches, antivirus, virtualization overhead, and all the security holes that go along with windows, when you could possibly create some cifs shares on your NAS/SAN.  Just my 2 cents.  But to answer your question, no, there shouldn''t be any problems virtualizing your file server
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:lenn0x
ID: 33474599
thank you all!
@chkdsk01, yes, I thought about this, maybe I will do so later, after the fileserver ist virtualized. I'm just in a bit of a  hurry to get this done..
0

Featured Post

What Is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain is a technology that underpins the success of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, but it has uses far beyond finance. Learn how blockchain works and why it is proving disruptive to other areas of IT.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When converting a physical machine to a virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone or vCenter Converter Enterprise, if an adapter type is not selected during the initial customization the resulting virtual machine may contain an IDE d…
Ransomware is a malware that is again in the list of security  concerns. Not only for companies, but also for Government security and  even at personal use. IT departments should be aware and have the right  knowledge to how to fight it.
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Review VM disk settings: Migrate VM to new datastore with a thick provisioned (lazy zeroed) disk format: Rename a…
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains Open vSphere Client: Join ESXi host to AD domain: Verify ESXi computer account in AD: Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi: Test domain user login to ESXi host:
Suggested Courses

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question