server 2012 2 VM raid question
Posted on 2014-08-12
Good afternoon everyone. I'm in way over my head on a project, but my company doesn't feel they need to get another tech in here. This is my first VM setup. I have a refurb (yeah, I know) r720xd with 12 - 2 TB sata drives. This is a small company with under 75 users, but growing and I have to get rid of SBS2008 soon. I haven't done a VM yet, and it's been 14 years since I took my classes on Server 2000, etc.
I set up 3 different raid sets (1 raid 0 for the first 2012 install to run the 2 vm's off of), then 2 more raid 5 sets to install each of the VM's on, but looking back, I guess that didn't make much sense.
Should I back out, run 1 large raid array with 2 hot spares (10 drives) to run everything off of at one time, or should I have different arrays for each install?
Like I said, I might be in over my head here, but with the help here I'm sure I can get it going.
we only need a single DC and single Exchange server here. after my old sbs box is freed up I will be moving it to a remote location over VPN to do backups, or possible a failover server.
Thanks for any help/websites with good information.