Openfiler for VmWare
Posted on 2011-04-29
In the past i had an openfiler running with one NFS share for my two esxi servers.
With about 10 VM's i was using Vsphere with VMotion uttilities. It work fine however sometimes a bit slow.
After some maintenance of a few machines i had to reconfigure the openfiler. Now I want to set up my envoirenment a little better and safer.
So I created on the openfiler with a hardware raid card 3 virtual disk.
Virtual disk 1: configured in raid 1 for the openfiler OS.
Virtual disk 2 en 3 are configured in raid 5 for the storage.
Now i want to configure my openfiler that is one volume group. But that it first start to write on virtual disk 2 and not on spread the writing on the two virtual disk. I think it's a little bit secure this way.
The next thing i want to do is share this volume group to my vmware esxi servers and also as an SMB share for the windows clients. Should i choose for NFS again or iSCSI? I learned that iSCSI is a faster and better for the esxi server. Is it possible to use the same share for iSCSI and SMB for windows clients? Can I still use VMmotion with the iSCSI?
Want would you recommend.
Thanks a lot, regards.