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I wish to implement vmware with netapp storage with fibrechannel. I have fileserver and exchange server. My file server size id 500gb and exchange edb is 600gb. what type of storage i should provide to vm?. will 500gb edb inside the vmdk file?.
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I wouldnt go down the route of providing store inside the VMDK for exchange.  Present a LUN straight to the exchange server, that way you can choose to implement SnapManager for Exchange should you require it.

Same principle for the file server data as well I would have thought, they the Netapp tools can be utilised.
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As mark stated you can use SnapManager for Exchange.  You could represent this several different ways, either an RDM or or via MS iSCSI initiaitor.  Ensure that you configure the LUNs with thin provision and dedupe (you'll need Ontap 7.3.2 or higher I believe) so that you don't use double the LUN space.  

On the file server side you should use CIFS if possible in leu of a file server, it will do dedupe, single instance, easy end user recovery via snapshots, etc..

The VMs can be either on VMFS datastore or NFS, both offer some pros and cons although NFS is by default thin provisioning and is easier to manage (shrink and grow)
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