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Loaded ESXi v6 successfully... and now for the vm/datastore...


luckyfabian
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Hi chaps,

 

I've managed to sign into ESXi with the Vsphere Client  and have tried to create datastore but then realised... I have'nt initialised/activated the SSD that I have connected to the ODD sata port (!)

 

So having signed into the Array Creation Utility, I am presented with the opportunity to create the SSD with RAID 0 (see attached picture) and I am not sure whether to initialise the SSD (which will only be used for datastores/operating systems) as RAID level 0 or whether to enable AHCI mode in the BIOS on the ODD Sata port, AFAIK I cannot use a mixture of AHCI and B120i RAID for the drives...

 

My question is... if my intention is to create a datastore so I can load/use Win2012 Server (at first, would try/loading other OS's later), would RAID 0 be ok and what stripe / sector size should I use?

Your advice/guidance/shedding of light... always welcomed..!

Thanks in advance,

 

Lucky

 

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I currently use a Raid1 with default options for a datastore.  

 

the file system will be vmfs on the datastore and will make no difference as to which OS you load. --the vm's will create smaller files in the datastore (vmdk) which you can format to ntfs for win2012.

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Hi Toyceli,

 

So are you running your raid 1 mirrored pair off the first two drives in the Microserver? The only option I'm given is raid 0 for now as I have just the ssd in the ODD Sata port connected, hence why I asked what stripe and sector size I should configure it to run raid 0 effectively... I'd still like to know what stripe and sector size to use....cheers chaps

 

 

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Hi,

 

Yes, I'm running running 2x240GB SSD off of the B120i although not in the drive bays.  They're sitting on top in the ODD.

 

I just took the whatever defaults it gave me.  I'm not running sql server or anything that I would really notice the difference between stripes

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Hi,

 

I have one SSD as RAID0 and don't remember doing anything about striping. Indeed, without 2 disks in your RAID0, I don't think striping is relevant.

 

Once you have your SSD seen by the ESX host, I suggest you create VMs with thin provisioned disks to get the most out of the limited SSD space.

 

MikeJ

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ok disk initialised... need to read into creating datastores and I guess turning my install cd of win2012 into an iso and loading that....

 

So in a nutshell, datastores are virtual hdd's that can encompass iso's, and also provide hdd storage for installation/running of VM's? Is that a fair statement to make?

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ok disk initialised... need to read into creating datastores and I guess turning my install cd of win2012 into an iso and loading that....

 

So in a nutshell, datastores are virtual hdd's that can encompass iso's, and also provide hdd storage for installation/running of VM's? Is that a fair statement to make?

You can think of the datastore as the d: in a Windows machine and it can hold various files. The main purpose of to hold the virtual hdd called vmdk and the drive is formatted to vmfs instead of ntfs

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