ZFS: Nexentastor best practises for ESXi 5
Posted on 2012-12-28
I just configured my HP Microserver 16GB NL 40 with Nexenta. There are 6 SSD's inside: 2 for OS (mirrored, 60 GB), 4 SSD's 120GB (Kingston, enterprise version), 3 SATA 250 GB 5400 RPM.
Before setting this up, I actually only was looking for a fast storage NAS in my lab. I ended up spending some weeks but actually I don't want to spend any more now. I want to focus again on Microsoft products which run on my vm's.
Therefore this question.
I saw loads of articles for best practises: using NFS3 instead of 4 for ESXI?, make cache/log with mirrored drives?, backup the storage using snapshots?, use ISCSI over NFS?
Now, as mentioned, I don't want to spend much more time on configuring, checking best performance, just have a best practice "jump start".
So please advise (configured ZRAID on 4 SSD's of 120GB, NFS; 3 SATA's in ZRAID too).
Note: I'll probably replace the SATA's with 3 or more barracuda 2TB 64 MB cache, green disks for having more storage.