I've been reading many posts on this website over the past month and decided to sign-up. One thing that's drawn me over here is the people which seem to be very genuine and helpful.
Anyways, I now have the following hardware available:
- HP N40L server
- 2x 4GB DDR3 Ram modules (KTH-PL313E/4G)
- 1x 128Gb Crucial SSD
- 5x 2TB WD Green HDDs
- 1x Sony External USB Slim DVD
- 1 eSATA-to-SATA cable
- 1x 4 PIN Power to 2x SATA Cable
- 1x Patriot 16G Xporter XT Boost (quad channel) flash drive
- 1x 5.25"-to-3.5" mounting rails
I'm wanting to achieve running VMware ESXi5 to run a Windows server OS plus and also Windows 7 24x7, and a variety of test machines on an ad-hoc basis. I require the Windows server to run 24x7 for media streaming (movies, tv shows, music), news hosting, and for my electricity monitoring software which uploads to the internet. I'd like to keep the 5x 2TB disks in a RAID5 FlexRAID (software RAID) configuration too.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I would be achieve this?
Should I install VMware onto the USB flash drive, then store guests on the SSD and once booted into Windows server configure the software RAID5? Will this work? Will other guests be able to see the software RAID 5 (I think not)...? Or am I better simply to run up a physical install of Windows Server and install either hyper-v or VMware on it and then configure the software RAID5 from there?
Any suggestions appreciated - TIA
Edited by DEUSmachina, 01 May 2012 - 03:39 AM.