7
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1answer
498 views

VMware ESXi SSD on RAID showing as non-ssd

I am replacing a KVM server with a ESXi server. I just installed ESXi 5.5u1 and added a data store. The new server has 4 SSD drives in RAID 6 using hardware RAID. When I added the data store VMware ...
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1answer
44 views

Mix physical media for ESXi VM, or keep it all on one physical volume? [closed]

Say I have a 120GB SSD and a 2TB volume from a portion of a larger RAID6 array. I would like to spin up a Windows Server VM for purely low-impact personal use that employs a large data store in some ...
5
votes
4answers
10k views

Pros and cons of installing ESXi on a SSD vs USB flash drive?

I'm debating on doing an ESXi 4.1/5.0 installation on a USB stick or a pair of 32GB SATA II SSDs (RAID1 mirror). According to VMWare's documentation, when ESXi is booting it looks for a 4GB space for ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How do physical disks passed through ESXi perform vs. passing through HBAs?

Context: I have a SAN operating system (Nexenta) that runs on ESXi. It has a couple of HBAs passed through to it already, via VT-d. All of the HBAs for the SAN OS are full (no free connectors). I ...
0
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1answer
183 views

Multiple SSD's not showing up in ESXi 4.1

The previous configuration for my server was 4x 500GB Drives, 3x 2TB Drives, 1x 480GB SSD and I replace 3 of the 500GB with SSD to look like 1x 500GB, 3x 2TB, 4x 480GB SSD. The previous ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

ESXi: Which SSD / important SSD parameters?

I want to setup a small ESXi server, which has to be silent, therefore I will use a SSD drive, however I am not sure which one I shall use and which parameters of a SSD are important for usage with ...
1
vote
0answers
622 views

VMware Esxi with Kingston SSDNow (No Trim but S.M.A.R.T Garbage Collection)

I recently posted asking whether Trim is supported on VMware Esxi (here) and found out it is NOT. I've read that some SSDs, such as the Kingston SSDNow have hardware garbage collection. Would this ...
3
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2answers
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SSD on Vmware ESXI 4 (TRIM? Good Idea?)

I just posted about finding bottle necks and have narrowed it down to having way too many VMs on my machine on one 15K SAS drive. I have plenty of cores and plenty of ram. So I am planning on putting ...