Hi folks...need some assistance with a number of questions, hope someone can help...
I've built a new server that is running ESXi 5.1 with 2 VM's - Nexenta(for ZFS) and Windows 7
This is the hardware I've used to get this working
Motherboard - SuperMicro X8ST3
Hard drives - 16GB USB(for ESXi), 250GB Sata(for datastore), 2 x 3TB Seagate Constellation E3's - Model ST33000650SS
How I've set this up is I have setup 'Passthrough mode' on the onboard LSI1068E controller to pass to the Nexenta VM and access the 2 3TB drives for ZFS...
This motherboard has 8 SAS ports and 6 SATA ports - the SAS are passing to the Nexenta VM so all I'm left with for passthrough to the Windows 7 VM are the SATA ports...
Ok here's the issue
I want to pass drives through to the Windows 7 VM - these drives I want to be 'hotplug' capable...here's why
I am using this box for both storage and diagnostics
The Nexenta setup with ZFS running as storage(already shared out)
Now I want to be able to use Windows 7 to run various hard drive diags applications and things like Runtime's Raid Reconstructor for example...so with the 6 onboard SATA ports this should work I assume...but I then realised what I'd really like is a hotpluggable setup - where I've the controller passing direct to the VM but able to handle hotplug drives...
This is where I am lost through and need assistance...not sure about hotplug and what is needed to make this work? Do I need an external enclosure that connects to a sata port?
I assume the onboard sata ports will not work with hotplug drives? Or can anybody give me details on what makes it 'hotplugable'?
Anybody with any experience with something like this? Or is this even feasible?
Any other info you need just ask...
All ideas welcome...thanks