Solved

VMWare File Server Philosophies

Posted on 2014-09-06
1
392 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-07
Looking for thoughts and opinions from people regarding file server philosophies. We have data shares on five different servers that we are looking to virtualize. Probably about 3TB of data across all shares on those servers.
I have plenty of room on my VMWare environment - Disk, Processor, RAM.
What works for you? One big file server, all shares hanging off of it? Multiple servers to spread the shares? Within the one/each, is a larger datastore to hold the entire VMDK more efficient, or more prone to error/issue?
Thanks in advance!
0
Comment
Question by:LingerLonger
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 120

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 40308033
If you have the licenses, I would be inclined to either

1. Keep the same, e.g. P2V the physical servers, to virtual, or create new file servers, e.g. 5 virtual servers.

OR...

2. use DFS, and create two new Large File Servers using DFS to replicate the data between the servers.

Use VMXNET3 interface for all servers.

Large datastores and virtual disks are okay, the only issue, is NTFS if it becomes corrupted, a chkdsk can take many hours to complete with many files....(lots of downtime, waiting for it to complete...)

which is why ReFS is better for super file servers....

Personally, we've transferred all our file servers to NetApp Filers (from 2004) and CIFS shares, because performance is better, and use a non NTFS file system.
0

Featured Post

Save the day with this special offer from ATEN!

Save 30% on the CV211 using promo code EXPERTS30 now through April 30th. The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Concerto Cloud Services, a provider of fully managed private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, announced today it was named to the 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors Of The 2017 Cloud  (http://www.concertocloud.com/about/in-the-news/2017/02/0…
The business world is becoming increasingly integrated with tech. It’s not just for a select few anymore — but what about if you have a small business? It may be easier than you think to integrate technology into your small business, and it’s likely…
Teach the user how to install and configure the vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance Open vSphere Web Client: Deploy vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance OVA file: Verify vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance boots successfully: Connect to the …
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question