Best RAID Configuration for Hyper-V Server with Exchange
Posted on 2011-10-12
Hello All. I am hoping for a little guidance here. We are building a new server that will be used as a Hyper-V server eventually holding 4 VM's. At the present time, we have the following hardware:
IBM Express x3650 M3, 2x Xeon 6C X5675 95W 3.06GHz/1333MHz/12MB; 40GB RAM
Initially, we are planning on installing Windows Server 2008 R2 as the host OS and adding 1 VM that will be running Exchange 2010 on Server 2008 R2 Standard.
Shortly after that, we plan to add 2 new VM's. One will run Lotus Domino, the other will be a backup domain controller and server update services server.
Then, down the road, we are looking at adding the last VM which will run Sharepoint and SQL.
What we have right now for storage is 10- 600GB 2.5in SFF Slim-HS 10K 6Gbps SAS drives. This server is expandable to 16 drives total, but we are starting with 10.
My question is...
What physical drive configuration would be the best solution to support the scenario listed above? We would be implementing Exchange first, then migratiing the 2nd and 3rd servers to VM's. Sharepoint would be added in later.
Right now, we have 5 drives configured as RAID 10 with 1 hotspare setup for the Host OS and the 2nd and 3rd VM's. We also have the other 5 drives set up as RAID 10 with 1 hotspare dedicated to the Exchange VM.
We plan on having no more than 60 user mailboxes in Exchange.
Your thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated.