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I am going to use Windows iSCSI Software Target to carve out LUNs from my 15K RPM SAS array, and all of my VMs OS Disk will be running from CSVs from that. This way, I can cluster my two Hyper-V Hosts for HAVMs (Highly Available Virtual Machines). If they need an additional storage drive, I would give them another CSV.

CSV = ...Storage Volume?
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Very Interested in this subbed thumb.gif

Thanks!

I got my 3 2TB drives in the box, and set up a Raid 5. I started a full initialization around 12 EST, and it reports 3.5 hours left. ~5.5 hours to initialize a 4TB Raid 5 is not bad, IMO. Will be adding a 4th 2TB to the array in a week or two, and hopefully be buying my replacement drives in a month or so. I've gotten lazy, but I do have some pics of the HP SAS Expander to post, and plan to do a new update video. Once I straighten some stuff out with my Hyper-V Hosts, and get my SAS drives, I will definitely be doing some videos/walkthroughs of the iSCSI/MPIO configuration!
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CSV = ...Storage Volume?

CSV = Cluster Shared Volume.

Basically the VHD inside of the LUN, and the LUN is connected to both my Hyper-V hosts. The OS Drive is on the storage server, but the VM is running on Host01...but Host01 goes down for some reason, then Host02 is going to pick up and continue running that VM with minimal downtime (a matter of seconds ideally)...or at least that is the plan. I'm hoping that it will work well with the hardware I have.
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Ahhh, cool. Cheers for that. smile.gif
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Any updates ?
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Any updates ?

Afraid not much. The server is pretty much done, minus installing Server 2012 on the SSD (waiting for Server 2012 drivers/BIOS update for the motherboard), and loading it up with drives. Money is kinda tight right now, so can't really afford to go out and buy 8 drives to start my Raid 60, nor the 4 15K RPM SAS drives. I did get 3 Hitachi 7K3000 2TB drives set up in a Raid 5 in the new box, and migrated all my data to it. Yesterday I added a 4th Hitachi 7K3000 2TB drive, and the OCE (Online Capacity Expansion) is still running. Looks to be about 25 hours to add a 2TB drive to my Raid 5, which had ~4TB of data on it to begin with. I at least have 6TB of storage, which is great for now.

Keep in mind that the storage drives I want (Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache) are just now appearing in the American market place (ebay mostly), and the prices are great currently ($160ish). I'm hoping to start buying them here soon as getting my Raid 60 going, then I can get my 15K RPM SAS Raid 5 going, and cluster my Hyper-V hosts. That would be great.

I have made no progress at all on building out my 8' X 8' closet, since money is tight...I wish I could win the lottery.
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Posted a new update on the first post.

I know it's been awhile, but time and money hasn't been on my side. Still running 4 2TB Hitachi 7K3000s in a Raid 5, and working on saving to buy my first 8 Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB 7200RPM drives so I can start my Raid 60!

Upgraded my OS and boot drive finally, along with better configuration of things. All the info is at the bottom of the first post, so check it out and let me know your questions. Windows Storage Server 2012 is nice.
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Subbed! The build is looking great ... congratulations.

I'll use this for inspiration as I am considering doing something similar albiet lower scale than this as I intend to start my CCNA and MCITP next year and have dreams of building a mini homelab. I only wish rackmount gear was affordable where I live because that case and rack look beautiful.
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Subbed! The build is looking great ... congratulations.
I'll use this for inspiration as I am considering doing something similar albiet lower scale than this as I intend to start my CCNA and MCITP next year and have dreams of building a mini homelab. I only wish rackmount gear was affordable where I live because that case and rack look beautiful.

Thanks! It's been a stable and powerful storage server so far, that I have no doubts on anything in my build. Good luck on your MCITPs and CCNA; I expect to test for my CCNA early next year.
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Thanks. I'm only in the planning phase at the moment so still in the process of speccing everything at a high level in order to define my requirements and plan to start building infrastructure sometime Q2 next year. So far I am looking to build a SAN and two identical VMHosts to play with failover clustering and high availability. I already have my Cisco routers and switches. If you have any advice from your own experiences it would be greatly appreciated.

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