Thoughts on windows 2019 server volume size data partition

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Windows server data volume sizes - thoughts?
Hey there - we have an older windows server with about a 900GB partition for data that is about 90% full.  Actually setting up a new VM, and creating the volumes.
Anything I should take into consideration about watching the sizes of the vmdk not concerned here really about size limitations of the vmdk, but from a Windows Server data volume size perspective.  Is there a point if I were to go to 1 or 2 GB that it could take excessively long to defrag, or any concerns about integrity?  I would think not. but just wondering.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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We grow volumes as and when required.

We have some VMs with very large volumes, but we tend to use shares on a NAS rather than a file server on a VM.

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Hey Andrew

Thanks for the response!  Any particular reason why you go with the NAS?  What do you use? For large/small companies?  What about performance redundancy, authentication, backup etc.

Thanks!!
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Hi there! :)

The article in the link below discusses a different perspective and way of handling when it comes down to essentially so much data that can be "difficult" to handle. I believe it can be applicable to your case because of your overall  large data size and it also discusses the risk of taking large data volumes offline at any point in the future to repair data corruption.  

Reference: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/keithmayer/2012/10/15/improve-file-server-data-resiliency-with-refs-in-windows-server-2012-31-days-of-favorite-features-in-winserv-2012-part-15-of-31/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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1. Performance.
2. NetApp.
3. Authentication using Active Directory.
4. Backup we use Snapshots and another Filer for DR.

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Hey Andrew
Thanks.  I imagine it is a sizeable company if you are using NetApp?  Costly - no?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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There are other lower costs solutions, e.g. Synology NAS.

Some are sizeable client, other are not.

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For smaller clients say - in the 10-75 range.  Could have 1-2 TB currently of data, figure 12-20% growth annually, do you find the performance of even some of the synology solutions more cost effective, is that why you do it? But performance - is as good?  Are they RAID1/5?  Can you tell me more about how you are backing them up? Just wondering if it makes sense for smaller environments where they could have a half doz, VMs on running essentials on one host, with a bunch of 15k drives in a RAID 5/10 configuration.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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We moved from standard file servers many years ago, (2004.).

and never really moved file servers onto a virtual server, because NAS hardware is very resilient, perfoms better, many options to backup, and e abandoned tape many years ago at the same time. So backups are performed to virtual tape libraries on disks.

Supports snapshots, previous versions (II know Windoze has caught up with this), Backups to Disk, virtual tape libraries, or to cloud repos, or to another Synced Synology NAS.

As for RAID type, you can customise this, RAID 6 and RAID 10, RAID 5 is not considered resilient today, with the 2TB/3T  large disks.

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I have had companies that go that route but generally they are sizable several hundred to 1000+ employees.

What about smaller companies?  From a cost/performance/reliability - standard?
Windoze ;-)
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Synology is budget, and lower to higher end depending upon the model

More money you pay the better the performance.

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Andrew - thanks for the insight!
Noah - thanks for the info
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@LICOMPGUY You're welcome! Glad I was of help :)

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