File servers centralization and design solution using VMware

Posted on 2014-08-15
Last Modified: 2014-08-19
Hello Experts,

I would like to centralize multiple file servers across different regions into a single location and then implement DFS to allow a unified standalone view for shares to all my users.

On my previous job, I was able to implement this solution using Hyper-V hosts and File scale servers. Please see attached image files for the design.

I just wonder, how can I accomplish the same design and approach but using VMware hosts,

Can you please advise how my design would be using only VMware technology?

Your expertise and feedback is highly appreciated
Question by:Jerry Seinfield
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    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    You quite simply use the VMware Hypervisor instead of Hyper-V Hypervisor, and host your virtual machines accordingly.

    If you want to create a Microsoft Failover Cluster for DFS, you would also need to create RDM on your SAN for the clustered disks.

    How many VMware hosts will you be using one or two ?

    Author Comment

    by:Jerry Seinfield
    I'll be using 4 VM hosts,

    Can you please provide additional information for RDM on a SAN?

    What solution can be used on the new design to replace the two file servers for cluster and the Windows server 2012 scale out file server cluster?

    Can you please draw a high level design and attach into a jpg file?

    On the other hand,

    The idea here is to have full redundancy at High level servers[hosts] on a single site and later on replicate that information to a DR site. DFS will be implemented using a domain namespace and the information, shares that are dispersed geographically must be centralized on the headquarter, and somehow replicated to a DR site

    Author Comment

    by:Jerry Seinfield

    Any updates?
    LVL 116

    Accepted Solution

    With VMware you could use VMware HA, and a single Virtual Machine which would give you almost the same Availability as Two virtual machines which are Clustered using Failover Clustering.

    e.g. VMware HA, if a host fails, the VM is restarted automatically on other Hosts automatically.

    So a single Virtual Machine is required, stored on a virtual disk (vmdk).

    If you want to do Failover must use RDMs

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