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I want to build a new ESX server for my Oracle database.  The Oracle db and log files will reside on a SAN.   As far as disks are concerned, if I wanted to run ESX, Red Hat, and Oracle on local disks, how would the disk architecture look?  Is it ok to use the same disks for VMware and the OS?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, it is, by why not install the ESXi OS on SD card or USB flash drive, and completely dedicate the storage for use with VMs?

We've been installing ESXi on USB flash drives since 2004!

Remember if using Local Disk, you will not have vMotion, VMware HA and DRS available to you, if applicable and licensed.


Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784
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If the ESX server I run Oracle were to fail and I had vMotion licenced with a shared storage device, would that vm automatically get picked up by another ESX server?  I can't afford to cluster the Oracle servers but it would be nice to have a little more protection from hardware failure.
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Not, with vMotion, but using VMware HA. The VM would be restarted on another ESXi host in the cluster.

vMotion is the process of MOVING LIVE VMs from one host to another.
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It looks like HA is available with Essentials Plus kit.  Is this correct?  I currently am licensed for Essentials standard.  Is there an upgrade option or do I need to pay full price?
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Yes, it is included.

I would speak to your Account Manager, there is not usually an upgrade path. from Essentials to Essentials Plus.
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