Suggestions for new ESXi & Server 2008 Setup
Posted on 2010-09-09
I have just set up a new VMware ESXi 4.1 server. I am looking for suggestions so that my VMs run smoothly but aren't inefficiently using too much resources. If you were setting up the following VMs on this hardware as I am from scratch, how would you configure them?
**25 Users with 25 desktops in LAN office
**10 Users connect remotely to RDS 2008 Server
**25 users connecting to small SQL Express Database (500Mb)
Dell R710 running ESXi 4.1
Two 2.5GHz/Quad-Core Intel chips (8 cores total)
1.5TB Disk Space (six disk RAID5)
1) Server Standard 2008 R2 - DC, File Server, SQL Express, Print Server, DNS, DHCP
2) Server Standard 2008 R2 - Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Role, for 10 users running apps: Office 2007, Quickbooks
3) Windows 7 Pro - Used as testing machine, just needs to be moderately fast
4) Vyatta router - this will take up minimal resources
What are your suggestions for RAM, Disk Space, CPU allocation for each VM that will allow them to run fast but not waste resources? How many cores should go to the servers? I plan on adding more VM's in the future so I want to be mindful of capacity. How much disk space should be allocated to system drives on the servers? Is it OK to set up these VM's to 'grow' as they need more data in the future? Basically how would you set this up from scratch.
p.s. I am NOT running Exchange, no need to size for that