I went through a few iterations of figuring out how I wanted my storage. And it’s not done yet. Each of my ESX hosts has a 250GB HDD on it. ESXi is installed on there, and the rest is VMFS space available if needed. The shared storage for the ESX hosts is a 3rd physical host that I have had for a while. The hardware stats are as follows:
Asus P5Q-Deluxe Motherboard
Intel Core2Duo E6850 3.0Ghz
4GB Sandisk Extreme USB (FreeNAS OS Boot)
750GB 7200 RPM HDD
500GB 7200 RPM HDD
4-Port Intel PCIe NIC
I have this in an extremely simple setup so far. I have taken 2 of the NIC’s and created an LACP LAGG in FreeNAS:
The 2 ports in the LAGG are connected to ports fa0/23 and fa0/24 on the switch. These two ports are configured into an LACP etherchannel.
I am currently, for the sake of getting things going, only serving 1 volume. I created a 500 gig volume with one of the HDD’s.
Until I setup iSCSI at a later point, The volume is shared with NFS.
The NFS share is mounted on both hosts.
Stay tuned for the update, including iSCSI, the SSD, and some performance testing.