[THIN] OT: VMWare setup

  • From: "Evan Mann" <emann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 16:08:41 -0400

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

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!

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