troubleshooting Question

VMware - maximum file size

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Windows Server 2003VMwareVirtualizationDell
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Hello,

I am currently running an ESXi 4.1 server connected to a Dell Md3200i SAN (via iSCSI).

I have configure a data store of 18 TB, by using LUNs of 1.8 TB and increasing the size until I hit the 18 TB.

I want to configure my gust host machine (i.e. the virtual machine I will be running on the ESXi server) to have a large (>2 TB) data disk, ideally 4 TB data partition.

I understand that the limitations are that the maximum file size is 2TB (less 512 meg). Is that correct?

I also understand that the way to get around the 2 TB limit is to add smaller size drives (define as storage within the Guest O/S of less than 2 TB and stream them together to make 1 large hard disk.

Is this the way to go about it? The guest O/S will be Windows 2003 server 32 bit. Is there a better / more efficient way?

Any information would be greater appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Mark
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