Tweaks to my new setup that im thinking? ESXI/FreeNAS

Discussion in 'VMware, VirtualBox, Citrix' started by TeleFragger, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. TeleFragger

    TeleFragger Member

    Oct 26, 2016
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    Ok so I run a single ESXI server with local storage and it works great for my needs.
    I do however, want to start playing around with FreeNAS, vMotion, etc....

    with that I was talking to a bud who gave me a machine to use for my 2nd esxi box. Matches my first so I'm good with that to add both to a cluster in vCenter (when I get there)..

    but how does this look, what you would you recommend me doing/changing?

    this is all in a test lab but performance and learning the right way is my goal!...
    thx... any input appreciated...

    Build’s Name:ESXI Cluster
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXI 6.7u2 / vCenter 6.7u2
    CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz
    Motherboard: Lenovo
    Chassis: Lenovo P710
    Drives: 3x 500gb SSD
    RAM: 128gb DDR4 ECC 2400T
    Add-in Cards: ConnectX-1 10gb CX4 connector
    Power Supply: Lenovo
    Other Bits: N/A

    Usage Profile:
    ESXI, vCenter, vMotion, etc

    Other information…
    Will be removing 2x SSD and placing into FreeNas once I get it all going.

    Build’s Name:FreeNas
    Operating System/ Storage Platform: FreeNas 11.1-U7
    CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1630 v3 @ 3.70GHz
    Motherboard: HP
    Chassis: HP Z420
    Drives: O/S: 1x128gb Samsung | iSCSI: 8x 500gb SSD
    RAM: 64gb DDR3 ECC
    Add-in Cards: ConnectX-1 10gb CX4 connector, Dell H310 flashed to IT mode (thanks to yall)
    Power Supply: HP
    Other Bits: N/A

    Usage Profile:
    iSCSI storage - may do NFS as well to toy with

    Other information…
    Latest FreeNas does not work with my ConnectX-1 10gb cards so have to go to this version which works. Plan to use for iSCSI and maybe NFS storage for VMS, VSR backups, etc...
  2. Patrick

    Patrick Administrator
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    Dec 21, 2010
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    I think what you have is fine. Also, if you can swing it get a switch.

    On the CX-1's it is usually not too expensive to get newer 10/40GbE NICs.

    I also find that I consume storage faster the more I have. I thought I was fine, then I discovered Blackmagic 4k60 RAW shooting.
    8x 500GB in RAID 10 is under 2TB usable, especially with snapshots. You will use that fast!
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  3. TeleFragger

    TeleFragger Member

    Oct 26, 2016
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    ive got an hp procurve 6 port cx4 switch
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