rwh23
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FreeNAS on ESXi Host for Raid?

In a few months I will be building a new ESXi server.

One of the concerns I have right now with my 2 Datastores is that if one drive fails I  lose the VM's located on that datastore (I do have the VM's backed up via WHS and/or Acronis).

I'm thinking about creating a FreeNAS VM and adding adding 2 HDD's to it in a Raid 1, then presenting that as ISCSI/NFS to ESXi for a Datastore. Is this possible and would the performance be about the same? I only have 1 ESXi host so doing SAN via a dedicated box is overkill IMO.

Any thoughts/experience on this would be appreciated.

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chriswahl
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Seems like it would technically work, but with more latency than what you're getting now. Might be of more value to simply get a RAID card on the HCL with BBWC.

http://wahlnetwork.com/2011/07/20/solving-slow-write-speeds-when-using-local-storage-on-a-vsphere-ho...

VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators
rwh23
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Yea, that makes sense, not sure why I dindn't consider that.

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