drive configuration for ESXi

My goal is to be able to utilize a  4 drive configuration for both my datastore and my ESXi OS installation.  Is this possible?  I plan to use 4 drives in a RAID 6 config.  As I understand I need a logical drive created at the controller level for the ESXI OS to install onto and a seperate logical for the datastore..  The reason I ask this is due to me needing to save space on the rack for I pay per 1U per month.
gopher_49Asked:
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coolsport00Commented:
You could do that, but if possible bypass creating separate logical volumes altogether & install ESXi on a SD & your datastore on your disks.

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gopher_49Author Commented:
This server is will be used to provide paying services...  Using a SD card just doesn't seem that reliable...  Is it?
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gopher_49Author Commented:
I guess at the datacenter it will be colacating at I could have 2 imaged SD cards and if something happens they simply swap them.
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coolsport00Commented:
Sure is. How often does RAM go bad compared to disks? But, I will say this...you have no redundancy/failover like you would in a RAID setup.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
So,

Couldn't I just simply create two of these and keep one at the datacenter?
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coolsport00Commented:
Yep, thats what we usually recommend to do.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
Now, once I load ESXi onto the usb memory stick how to I mirror image it to the second one?  It will need to be bootable... Maybe easier to simply perform two installs?  One to each USB memory stick?
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coolsport00Commented:
You could do that or use an 'imaging' tool like winimage
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gopher_49Author Commented:
yea.. I thought about winimage or something similar.. I wasn't sure if it could read the boot sector properly.. ok..  I'll go this route.

Thanks!
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coolsport00Commented:
Glad to help...good luck!

~coolsport00
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gopher_49Author Commented:
I plan to use a Dell PowerEdge 2950.  Since it supports 3.5" SATA drives I can get the lower cost SATA drives. I can even look into getting the 6 x bay option and have a mirror and a RAID 6 for the datastore.  I could simply use a USB CD ROM to load the OS since I think I'll be missing the CD rom once the 6 bay was installed.

Thanks!
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