I would like to start using ESXi 5 from VMWARE and i'm fairly new to VMWARE products but do understand the basics. I have an HP ProLiant ML350 G6 Server with 12GB RAM and I have a total of 5 146GB 10K SAS HD's. The first question I have is would it be better to RAID all my current 5 HDD's now into a single RAID 5 and then as i purchase more HDD's add those to the RAID? If not what is your recommendation.
Also, is ESXi 5 free and if so how can I find it to download? My server supports 64bit hardware. I also plan on using it for testing but would like to install Win 2008R2 with DNS/AD on one VM and then SQL on another VM if you Experts think thats a good idea.
Thanks in advance!!!