Best way to utilize ESXi 4.1 local storage for a 2008 Server Fileserver
Posted on 2011-03-04
I'm looking for a little advise on how to best use the local storage on my Dell R710 Vmware Box. Current setup is ESXi 4.1 Essentials running on a USB stick on a Dell R710. Server has 8 500GB SAS drives. 6 of the drives are setup in 2 sets of raid 5 drives, vol1 (1 TB) and vol2 (1 TB). The other two drives are not configured. I'm eventually going to redo the raid setup as Raid10 and utilize the two drives that are not being used, it was already setup this way when I got here so I didn't mess with it. Currently There are 8 Virtual machines on Vol1 taking up about 400 GB. Vol2 is currently unused and has 1TB free.
My question is, what is the best way to utilize the 1TB on Vol2. I would like to use the 1TB as storage for a fileserver. I have a 2008 Server VM that I want to put he 1 TB on somehow. What is the best way to do this. I could create 4 235 or so GB VMDK's and then attach them to the 2008 server as spanned disks. Is this a good or bad idea? What other options are there.