I am confused if i should buy a 1 TB Home use NAS or a second-hand PC with 1 TB (taken from my other Desktops) to try advance VMware features or lastly the most preferred option by me, is to install Openfiler on a VM on a Desktop (But i am not sure if this will work smooth or affect performance). I currently have 2 desktops of different hardware setup and i am aware that i will not be able to do FT due to different hardware.
Desktop 1: Will be Host 1 (Will host my vCenter as a VM)
RAM: 4GB ECC
2 x GB On-board Ethernet ports
Boot ESXi installed on a 4GB thumbdrive
Desktop 2: Will be Host 2
RAM: 2GB nonECC
1 x GB On-board Ethernet ports
Boot ESXi installed on a 2GB thumbdrive
I have had removed the Hard Drives from both the above Desktops, so that i can save from buying Hard Disk for the 3rd PC to do Shared LUN.
The 3rd PC that i am thinking of buying (Mainly to have some decent performance) but i will only get it if it's approved by you Guys, can be seen here: Acer M5620. I will install Win 2003 and then install Openfiler on it and try to map it to the Desktops as a DataStore (I still need to research on how this can be done)
Both are inter-connected using a 10/100 Port Switch. I know my specs are not that great and my RAM needs real upgrading but if i need to buy the 3rd PC, i will have no budget to do any further upgrade on the RAMs / switch for the next 3 to 4 months. ( i don't earn big, still climbing the ladder)
My concern is: would OpenFiler, be done on a VM with my current Desktops so that i can save the money to upgrade my RAMs and the switch to a slightly better one. I would also please need to know how i can do it.
I hope i have convey my concerns running on my mind in this discussion.
Many Thanks in Advance!!