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  • 1.  Virtual Hard Drive Recomendations

    Posted Sep 19, 2011 10:32 PM

    Hello,

    I am setting up a VM in ESXi as a simple file server and I am curious if it is better to set up a single virtual hard drive and partition it as needed for drive access or to set up multiple virtual hard drives? In both scenarios the virtual hard drives will be stored in a single datastore.

    Thanks!

    - Adam



  • 2.  RE: Virtual Hard Drive Recomendations
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    Posted Sep 19, 2011 11:09 PM

    I would use multiple VMDKs. It is easier to deal with smaller VMDKs especially if there are different classes of files on the different disks. (really important lots of change, static reference data, lower importance minimal change etc). Very large disks can be difficult to migrate.



  • 3.  RE: Virtual Hard Drive Recomendations

    Posted Sep 19, 2011 11:53 PM

    Gotta agree here - smaller VMDKs are better.



  • 4.  RE: Virtual Hard Drive Recomendations

    Posted Sep 20, 2011 04:05 AM

    smaller vmdk are easier to migrate and easier to maintain...so smaller the better