Setting up ESXi 5.0 with SAN Storage
Posted on 2012-03-23
I will be setting up our first Dell disk less server at my company. The Dell server has a compact flash card which is boots ESXi 5.0 from. We just got a SAN about six months ago and all of our exist ESX/ESXi 4.0 - 5.0 servers use local storage only. I have never setup Vmware to run VM's from a SAN and want to do it correctly with Experts helps..
1) In order to run my VM from the SAN what storage format should I use or is recommend? VMFS?
2) I know I should only have one LUN per host but how can one LUN per host work going forward with vmotion?
3) Right now I have a range of vSphere licenses everything from Standard, Advanced and one Enterprise license for ESXi 5.0. What is the best way to move a VM from local to SAN storage?
4) How can I tell if a LUN / SAN volume is overloaded with I/O?
Since I haven't done this before please let me know of anything else I should be aware of