I just received a new Dell PowerEdge R710 with 1 processor, 1 TB RAID 5 w/ hot spare, and 9 GB of memory. I installed ESXi 4.1 with the intention of setting up one new VM with Server 2003, and converting two other physical Server 2003 machines.
I'd like the new VM to be a new domain controller for my network and possibly a file server, so I set it up with 2 processors, 2 GB of memory, and a 120 GB thick provisioned hard disk. I divided the HDD into two partitions - C with 40 GB and D with 80 GB for future data.
My question is did I setup the hard disk correctly? I see the downside is that I created a vmdk file of 120 GB, so copying this off as a backup is not very practical. But, I do have Acronis True Image 9 I can use to make an image of the server, so not sure if this is a big deal. Should I redo this with a single 40 GB partition and then add another disk for the data partition after the fact? Should I make the system partition thick and the data thin? Just not sure if any of this is a big deal, but this is my first experience with VMware and I would like to get things set up correctly!
Also - should I take any other special precautions with backup and recovery? I expect to keep this pretty small with 3-5 VM's running on the host.