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I am going to try and sum up my comments into an answer. The basic line is: You should not tinker with the strip size unless you have good evidence that it will benefit your workload. Reasoning: For striping, you have to choose some strip size and 64 KB is the default the manufacturer has chosen. As the manufacturer (LSI in this case, rebranded by Dell) ...


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The general rule of thumb with RAID10 is that smaller chunk size give you fast sequential transfer in a wider range of cases, while larger chunks provide higher IOPs and higher sequential speed in selected scenarios. Your expected workload (Virtual Machines) are all about issuing small-to-medium (< 256KB), pseudo-random requests. In other words, you need ...


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Sure, just install ISC-DHCPD and configure DHCP reservations for your Xen DomUs.


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Received much better information from the commandline: # xe vm-start vm='vmDoesNotStart' This operation cannot be performed because the specified VDI could not be found on the storage substrate sr: 34aabadd-ea86-ac22-2f3e-51fdadf41ebb (XenServer Tools) vdi: cdac77c7-011b-4184-8a47-361b6335d2e2 (Old version of xs-tools.iso) Clicking eject next to 'DVD ...


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If it's VMFS, then you're out of luck. VMFS is proprietary to VMware and the only way I know to access it other than from an ESX(i) host is with the VDDK, but even that might not be of any use to you. You could, in theory map an NFS volume to the ESXi node, move the VMs there and then mount the same volume on the XenServer host as well. Not sure how nicely ...



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