VMware single server storage with Exchange?
Posted on 2011-09-06
I just got an HP DL380 G7 with 6 300gb SAS drives. I have been told and read by many to have them in raid 10 for best performance and redundancy on VMware ESXi boxes. So I was planning to do so. Here is the setup I need to accomplish. Please give me your thoughts on how I should do this.
I need a DC and Exchange server on this server. I do NOT want exchange and a DC on the same VM. So it will be 2 separate VMs. OS is Win2008r2 and Exchange 2010. VMware ESXi 5.
Users are about 15. I am thinking no more than 100GB for the DC which will be a print server as well. Normally I would make one large storage group of 900gb here (with the drives being in a raid 10) and make a vmdk for the DC and a vmdk for the exchange box and then partition the logs and pagefile off in the OS. I don't think that is the right way to do things though. I have been reading quite a bit on "best practices" but I can't find anything that covers exactly what I need, I just found enough to really doubt the way I have done it.