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Dear Experts,

I have the following physical server:
2 x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2640 @ 2.50GHz
32 GB RAM
16 x 600GB 15k SAS drives

I need to create 2 virtual machines that run Windows Server with the following configs requirements

Machine 1 must have:
1 dual core processor
1 RAID-1 for OS (Windows Server 2012 R2)
1 RAID-1 for SQL database log files
1 RAID-5 for SQL data files
1 RAID-1 for TempDB
1 RAID-0 for SQL Backup full and logs
8GB RAM

Machine 2 must have:
1 quad core processor
1 RAID-1 for OS (Windows Server 2012 R2) and applications
8GB RAM

How would I proceed, or in other words, how would I configure the disks so that the VMs can see them in Windows.  Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Your RAID requirement for your virtual machines, is not applicable with virtual machine and their disks.

The underlying VMFS datastore which you create, is where the virtual machine disk is stored. If you want maximum storage than RAID 6 or 5 depending on how many disks you want to lose, if they fail!

The virtual machine disk, is then stored on the datastore, and performance is based on the selected RAID for the datastore.

If you want the best performance 16 x 600GB 15k SAS drives can offer, then I would create a RAID 10 array, and present this to the host.

I would also recommend installing ESXi 5.5 on a flash card, e.g. USB or SD card, so you can allocate ALL the datastore to virtual machines.

Please see my EE Article for how to install a VM

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

When creating your VM, select 2 or 4 Sockets (not cores!)

this is supported and recommended....the OS footprint is small and designed for this purpose.

I would install ESXi onto a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.x on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.
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Awesome!  Thank you for the great resources!
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