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Vm Windows 2012 r2 as nfs share?

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Please see my other post for more info (f.e. http://mobile.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28345256.html).

I have one esxi now which has 3 ssd s of 50 gb, 2 laptop disks,1 ssd of 120gb and 3 sata disks (ready for zfs). I have also 3 ssd of 120 gb "on the Side". I could make this zfs but why not a windows 2012 r2 core with nfs share: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324089

Everything is local anyhow, I d make the ssds in raid, sata in raid via win 2012 then run my vm s on these nfs shares ...?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, it's certainly supported, here's a video here I did many years ago for EE Members.

Although for an easlier version of ESXi, and this is Windows 2008 R2, the principle is the same.

You are forgetting that ZFS, configured correctly with correct Logs on SSD, and Arc on SSD, is very fast, one of the fastest performaning file systems around compared to Windows 2012 R2 implementation, okay for ISO store, but I would not want to use for VMs.

But it could work for you, test and compare to your results for your ZFS share.

With SSDs, low latency (or zero latency), could be the ideal solution for you.

Video Tutorial - Creating an NFS Datastore using Windows 2008 R2 for VMware vSphere ESX/ESX 4.x

Video Tutorial - Adding an NFS Datastore to a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server

I'll chuck in another solution for you to consider, iSCSI SAN software by Starwind Software

see here

Video Tutorial - Adding iSCSI storage to a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server

Video Tutorial - Eazy Peezy Lemon Squeezy iSCSI Storage by StarWind iSCSI SAN Software

Install the above on Windows 2012 R2, and create yourself an iSCSI SAN, and connect ESXi servers to iSCSI.
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Note: about zfs as a vm, if the disk fails on which the vm is (ssd in my case), can it be recovered? Same thing for windows as a vm (with raw mappings).
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