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 General Question - NAS 
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Hello All,

Recently I've dove head first into learning as much about VMWare as I can on my own and through reading on the net. I successfully built my first Whitebox system (with help from this site of course, thanks guys!) and have built up several VMs using Windows Server 2008 R2. I have a DC, DHCP, DNS, a couple workstations on Win 7, and im going to be setting up a RRAS server within the next couple days here.

As i read more and more i see people talking about using NAS with their VM Environments even at home test labs. Is this something that is a good idea to learn about and invest in setting up? Am i going to notice gains in performance, or gains in knowledge by doing it? Any general ideas or thoughts?

Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it!

Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:58 am
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I think the most common reason to going with NAS in a home lab is to be able to support vSphere features like vMotion and HA. And in these cases it tends to be more that the home environment is a lab for learning / testing vSphere in addition to hosting the home network.

For some a NAS device also presents a better performing option for storage. ESXi might not support the RAID controller they want so the user stages Openfiler or similar to get support for the hardware they have. They may also find a NAS device easier to use for backup purposes.

The backup purpose I think is something that save one from a big headache in the case of a hardware or other failure. With a NAS you can create a datastore and use that for backup of VMs running (and stored) on the ESXi host. If the ESXi host dies then it's realy easy to recover the VM data from a NAS rather than dealing with the failed ESXi host for recovery.

Dave Mishchenko
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:13 pm
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