> From: zfs-discuss-boun...@opensolaris.org [mailto:zfs-discuss-
> boun...@opensolaris.org] On Behalf Of Tiernan OToole
> I have a Dedicated server in a data center in Germany, and it has 2 3TB
> but only software RAID. I have got them to install VMWare ESXi and so far
> everything is going ok... I have the 2 drives as standard data stores...
ESXi doesn't do software raid, so ... what are you talking about?
> But i am paranoid... So, i installed Nexenta as a VM, gave it a small disk to
> boot off and 2 1Tb disks on separate physical drives... I have created a
> pool and shared it with VMWare over NFS and copied my ISOs to this share...
I formerly did exactly the same thing. Of course performance is abysmal
because you're booting a guest VM to share storage back to the host where the
actual VM's run. Not to mention, there's the startup dependency, which is
annoying to work around. But yes it works.
> 1: If you where given the same hardware, what would you do? (RAID card is
> an extra EUR30 or so a month, which i don't really want to spend, but could,
> needs be...)
I have abandoned ESXi in favor of openindiana or solaris running as the host,
with virtualbox running the guests. I am SOOOO much happier now. But it takes
a higher level of expertise than running ESXi, but the results are much better.
> 2: should i mirror the boot drive for the VM?
Whenever possible, you should always give more than one storage device to ZFS
and let it do redundancy of some kind, be it mirror or raidz.
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