How do I use a NAS in VMware for utilities?
Posted on 2018-02-09
VMware 6.5 environment with flash fiber channel storage. We are decommissioning a disk based SAN, and instead, got a Windows 2012 R2 based NAS of about 100 TB.
I'm trying to figure out the best use of this device. Should I create an NFS datastore? Can I get my hosts access to the storage without using a datastore?
My major concern is that this Storage Server will have to be rebooted once a month during Microsoft patching, during which all of my hosts accessing it will have an APD situation during the reboot.
What is the best way to use it for:
VM archive drives (a Windows share, like an E: drive for the VM)
VMware Tools repository
I won't be running live VMs on the NAS. I also won't be writing to the NAS during any reboots, as I will schedule it for a maintenance window.
Right now, all 40+ hosts are accessing it via an NFS share. I'm not sure that's the best way to do it though. What are best practices? I kinda remember there was a folder for this stuff, but I don't know how to point that folder to another location.
Thanks for the help!