We are a small business with about 30 users but thrive new technologies. I have been planning a brand new VMWare install for months now. I have a, hopefully, simple question for anyone.
potentially relevant hardware configuration:
-2 ESX servers with ESX 4 update 1 (essentials plus)
-1 Dell (EMC) AX4-5i SAN full of 420GB 15k SAS drives
-redundant MSTP gigabit switch toplogy
My Dell SAN purchase included a remote install. This includes carving up the LUN's, configuring them for iSCSI availability, and optionally connecting your existing servers to their designated targets. Dell is making their installation process sound like many customers have their ESX servers ready to go before the scheduled SAN remote install. I was initially planning on having the SAN installed and ready to go before I proceeded installing/configuring ESX on my 2 servers. I figured it would be best to have the SAN available to connect to during the ESX installation process.
Is there any reason to go one route over the other? Any brief comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!