Home Lab: Storage

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

8GB RAM

4GB Sandisk Extreme USB (FreeNAS OS Boot)

750GB 7200 RPM HDD

500GB 7200 RPM HDD

250GB SSD

4-Port Intel PCIe NIC

FreeNAS Home

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:

LAGG

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.

sh etherchannel

sh-int-po1

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.

FreeNAS Volumes

Until I setup iSCSI at a later point, The volume is shared with NFS.

FreeNAS NFS

The NFS share is mounted on both hosts.

VMWARE NFS

Stay tuned for the update, including iSCSI, the SSD, and some performance testing.

-vTimD