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Hi Experts

we have right now EMC  celerra  work in our environment as a file server but we are moving everything to VSAN

our hardware

1- 6 ESXI  * fujitsu servers with 2 * 10 G network interfaces
2-  VSAN 6.0
3- EMC data domain we use ddboost devices (( backup to disk ))
4- EMC networker for backup
5- for file service we backup around 15 TB

now we want to create windows file server 2012 R2  on our VSAN cluster  and i am still reading about best practices

but i think here i can get best advices

 mainly i need advices for performance issue and backup & restore

1- can i use big vdisk  i know VSAN 6.0 allow 64 TB   but i am thinking to creat vdsik for every file system
2-  do you think it is better if i create multi SCSI virtual controller for vdisks  this will provide better performance  SCSI (0:0) - SCSI (1:0) - etc
3- do you think if i create more than file serve also this will help for performance like one file server work on esxi1 and the other one wsxi2
4- for backup also any advice
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what size of file server do you need ?
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Hi Andrew

i want to have file server can serve  7 shared file systems

1- shared file sysytem 1     size  7 TB
2- shared file sysytem 2     size  3 TB
3- shared file sysytem 3     size  2 TB
4- shared file sysytem 4     size  2 TB
5- shared file sysytem 5     size  2 TB
6- shared file sysytem 6     size  1 TB
7- shared file sysytem 7     size  1 TB

my question what the best practices to create such windows file server on VSAN (( performance wise & backup wise ))

thanks
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The best solution is not to use a VM, at all, but CIFS/SMB direct from vSAN.

see here

https://nexenta.com/VSAN

http://cormachogan.com/2015/07/02/using-nexentaconnect-for-file-shares-on-vsan/

oh, it's also FREE!
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by:sword12
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Hi Andrew

you are right but unfortunately we can not use nexenta

because of backup . nexenta  use snapshot for backup and we want to use our traditional networker

we can not use nexanta for free we need to have support  

thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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In that case you will need to stick with a VM, and make a decision, on a super larger VMDK, or multiple VMDKs, we would recommend the later, e.g. multiple VMDKS.
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thanks
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no problems.
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