CentOS deployment with Aggrate

I am planning to deploy CentOs on an old Dell server for enabling NFS share with new vcenter server. I am planning to bind all NIC on server and do LACP on brocade switch for better throughput.
The physical server I am deploying CentOS has 64 GB RAM and 8 core CPU.

I was wondering, if should deploy CentOS directly and use all resources or deploy stand alone ESX and deploy CenTOS as VM. Which gives me room for creating other test VMs on that server -

If I create CentOS as VM on that server with 12 GB RAM and 2 CPU would I be able to share NFS with another licensed Vcenter server?
Would I be able to achieve LACP with phys cal switch and virtual switch or there is no need to do LACP On physical switch if I do aggregated virtual switch out three NICS?
pchettriIT DirectorAsked:
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vcenter server does not use any NFS ever.

Minimal requirement to install CentOS7 is 1GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs.
ESXi wil buffer lots of data from storage, so I recommend you dont grow NFS server much bigger.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you deploy your storage server as a VM, all the Disk I/O and Network I/O will be virtualised, and performance will be slower.

I would recommend a physical server, for Centos, and then use a JBOD, and create a ZFS pool, from which you can then create an NFS Export, or iSCSI.

For this you can use slow spinning disks, and then add SSDs or ZIL and ARC to speed up access.

LACP is also not supported on a ESXi server, you would need to use a standard trunk.

But again, look at performance, it will be reduced.

Gets some ideas from here....


at creating a ZFS storage appliance

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I'd take one SOHO NAS with 4 or more disk slots and buy terabytes of storage in commodity disks
e.g. http://www.storagereview.com/reviews/consumer/soho_nas
pchettriIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your suggestion. I have deployed CentOS on the older server, it has partition of 11 tb, 1 tb, 1tb and the OS partition. I have installed NFS util with yum command and file services. Now I need find a way to mount disk partition as NFS
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