Physical to Virtual project- Server 2012 hyper-v + 2 VMs storage advice
Posted on 2014-10-24
We are installing a new 2012 R2 server (standard) running 2 VMs to replace 2 physical machines and would like some advice please:
We want to install server 2012 r2 (standard) as a host and then run 2 VMs on that as replacements for the physical servers,
the 1st VM will be a Domain controller and have all of the FSMO roles, this will also be a file server/print server and backup server.
the 2nd VM will be another Domain controller, SQL server, sharepoint server and run AD federated services for Office 365 SSO purposes.
The box will have 2x 300GB Nearline SAS drives in RAID1 and 4x 1TB Nearline SAS drives in RAID5 (open to suggestions here)
My question is once we install the host OS (server 2012 R2) on the RAID1 drive, where should the VMs go? If we install the VMs on the primary RAID1 partition are they able to see and utilise the RAID5 partition for the file server or is the wrong way of looking at it? Will there be a performance hit or other considerations of using the RAID5 partition for the VMs , perhaps giving each 1.5TB of space?
1st foray into hyper-v and migrating physical servers to virtual so help really appreciated.