One of our small offices was in need of a small server to perform certain tasks. Because the noise and size an of a regular server I went with the HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 G1610T. I expected it to be great, having read a lot of reviews and personally owned with N40L microserver as a home test lab.
But now I have the server at home and setting up ESXi on it and am running into problems. I installed ESXi(5.5) on the internal micro SD card slot, ESXi boots and runs great no lag or something.
Next i put in one 160GB 7200RPM drive (the 2x 3TB drives have not arrived yet), and created 1 logical volume with the internal HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and used the following settings:
- Rebuild priority = medium
- surface scan priority = 3s
- idle physical drive cache state = enabled
- read cache size = 128mb
- Fault tolorance = RAID 0
- Strip size = 256KB
- sectors/track = 32 caching= enabled
But now when I add the datastore to the ESXi and install a VM like Windows Server 2008 R2, the virtual machine is very slow and if I look at task manager, I see the disk is being used 100% almost always.
So hope someone can help me because I'm a bit lost and do not have much experience with RAID. And I did use the HP custom ESXi installer so the drivers are there (I hope).