I'm loading up VMWare ESX 2.5.2 on a single Dell server. The server is spec'd out with a 2x4 split backplane and 5 146gig drives and 8 gigs of RAM. I don't have much to go on except the VMWare documentation and this is the first time I've done this. This server won't be for Citrix, but just a general VM server. I'm not sure the best way I should chunk this thing up storage wise. Since I have a split backplane on the RAID system, 2 drives are setup RAID1, and the remaining 4 drives are in a RAD5 + hotspare. The guide says to put a 50 meg /boot, and a swap that is 2x the size of memory you allocate in reserved memory for the service console. I've opted to go with 512meg of ram for the service console which it says is for 32+ VM's. The next step up is 800megs for maximum but I doubt I'll even do 32, so I think 512meg reserved is fine. Based on that, the swap would be 1gig. After that, it says to mount the root (/) partition with "about 2500 MB". And then it doesn't give you much else for input in the install guide. I could also opt for automatic partitioning, which would do the same as above, and leave the rest as an extended partition it looks like. Since I have a RAID 1 and a RAID 5, what should I put where? I'd obviously put /boot on the RAID 1 but what about / and swap? Should those go there as well leaving the RAID5 for VM use? Do I need to do any additional partitioning beyond /boot, / and swap ? Thanks for the help!