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I have a PET310 server with 4 hard drives, One quad-core processor and 24GB ram. The first two hard drives are SATA 7.2k 'near line sas' drives and are 500GB each on a Raid 1.  The second two drives are SAS 15k drives and are 600GB each on a Raid 1.  I know its best to keep each vm that I create on their own disks and partitions, however, I am installing a domain controller and file server at a new site and have this server to work with. My current config is this:  I have all the vm's on the second 600GB Raid1 set. I created two vm's. One vm is the file server that is 430GB in size and the second VM is the dc and that is 80GB in size. I am wondering if I will have issues with the DC and the File server fighting for resources since they are both on the same disk. I'm considering moving the DC's vhd file over to the First raid set (The same disk and Raid set the Host OS is occupying). I'm trying to determine the best method and if I should leave it the way it is or move the dc as I stated to the first Raid set. That will leave me more room for the file server on the second Raid set but may present problems with systems resources for the DC since its on the first disk? Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated. I can always keep the DC role and file server on the same vhd if that makes more sense instead of creating two separate vms. thoughts?
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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If you want to make an informed decision, the best way forward is to turn on performance monitoring on the existing servers for a week and gather usage trends. You'll then have real numbers to work with. You may find that utilization on both servers is low enough that your 15k SAS drives will be fine. You may find that your DC is very low, but your file server is high, and you'd want to keep the file server on high performance drives. Or you could find the opposite (not common, but not unheard of with sites that use a lot of cloud storage but have a lot of remote authentication and logging going on.)

Now, as a slight aside, I probably wouldn't store any VM data on NL-SAS disks. I'd take the performance hit and keep them all on the enterprise disks. And add disks as necessary.  But again, there is a risk tolerance assessment that needs to be done, and having performance numbers can let you better decide if the risk is worth the performance gains.
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by:Frank Ferrer
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thanks Cliff,
the server has a max of 4 available slots for hard drives so i'm a little boxed in. I may just keep both on the same Raid1 disk and then eventually get them a Nas or new server eventually. It's a little time sensitive since i'm sending to the remote site this next week and it's not in a production environment.
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