I'm picking up the following old server from geeks for a satellite office:
- Two (2) Intel Xeon E5430 2.66 GHz quad-core processors
- 16 GB DDR2 PC2-5300 Fully Buffered (FB DIMM) SDRAM
- 12 MB L2 cache, 1333 MHz FSB speed
- Intel 5000X chipset
- Four (4) 1 TB (Terabyte) SATA 3.5-inch hard drives
- Dell PERC5/i integrated SAS/SATA daughter card w/256 MB cache
- Six (6) 3.5-inch hard drive bays (four occupied)
- Two (2) 750-watt power supplies
The server will need to function as a domain controller and a very small file server. More than anything it's kind of a beachhead in case this location grows.
I'm only a very part time syadmin, so my initial idea was this:
Configure 4 1TB disks in a RAID 10 with two LUN's (one small and one big). Install Server 2008 R2 + Hyper V role to smaller LUN. Configure one VM (the domain controller/file server), using the second LUN as datastore.
The thinking behind virtualization:
- Flexibility - I like being able to shift my important servers from system to system if necessary.
- Snapshotting/backup features
- Room for future growth
Disk being a bottleneck, especially if I want to add VM's. Possible solutions: ** 1x sata disk dedicated to hypervisor os (bad I know) + raid5 for datastore (also bad I know).. just cheap.
** 2 RAID 1 arrays.. this drives me crazy though because it feels like I'm wasting 2 disks for host os. Free though.
** Adding 2x small, fast SATA drives configured in RAID-1 for the hypervisor, with the 4x 1 TB drives configured RAID 10 as dedicated VM datastore. ** It says the card supports both SAS and SATA. Can I just drop in SAS disks? If so how much difference would dropping in old 10k SAS disks be likely to make?
Server 2008 R2 vs Vmware ESXi. I'm going with full server 2008 r2 (not core) for the hpyervisor, because this is a remote location and I can install LabTech and my remote access solution. Also I'm most familiar with server 2008.
** Assuming this turns up having a DRAC is there anyway to safely configure remote access to it from any location? I could just poke a hole through the firewall but that seems unwise..
** What kind of remote management options are there (if any) for vmware ESXi? What about Server 2008 R2 core running hyper v?
** If I do go ESXi, can I use The Perc 5/i with SATA disks?