I have a Dell 2950 GEN III 2 x Quad Core 2Ghz 16GB Ram and 6 x 2TB SATA Hard Drives and 6 Nics
I am only able to create a small single data store. I have the 6 Drives in a Hard ware RAID 5 Configuration. How can I use 100% of the apx 10TB of Drives space for local Guests Windows and several flavors of Linux. I understand that I am going to likely have to have several data stores.
Feel free to ask questions I look forward to working this out to take advantage of this local storage
This issue I am having is ESX installs great yet I can only see enough space to make one Data store apx 1 TB why does the rest of the free space not show up as it’s all one local disk in hardware is RAID 5 via the SATA Controller.
Remove RAID 5
Create RAID 1 with first two disk,Install ESX
Create another two RAID 1 volumes with the remaining disks,then create 2 VMFS datastore or Create 1VMFS datastore then extend to another RAID 1 volume
this is the only way to utilize max of 6TB with reduntancy at disk level
do not create RaID volume with more then 2TB-512 Bytes becase ESX cant not address more then that.
What about going with a single RAID 5 across the 6 Physical hard drive and creating 5 logical drive 1.8TB in Size. We still have RADI 5 and we get 9TB of usable space across 5 1.8TB data stores?
What are your thoughts?
good idea but i havn't tried that
you try it update me
above one which I mentioned in the above discussion is already tested here in our lab
if you wnt to use space rather then redantacy you also try with no RAID i.e RAID 0
Looks like both of our ideas paned out just fine i can access all the 5 datastores and still have RAID 5 and MAX usable DiskSpace.........
keep on with your ideas they foster good things and thank you for checking back with me !