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post #1 of 8
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Hi,

my build :

CPU: Xeon E3-1230v2
MOBO : Supermicro X9SCM-F
DRIVES : 6x WD red 2tb
RAM : Kingston 16GB ECC ram (2x8)
PSU : Corsair CX500M
CASE : NZXT Source 210

So I have this build and I want to have ZFS raid and VMs running (whs, ubuntu, etc..)

Although I can't seem to find a configuration that allows it.
the 6 ports on my mobo are taken by 6 drives. I need to boot from USB (ideally)
I want software RaidZ2
I want to have VMs running that have access to my RaidZ2 on the same machine.

If you need more info I will gladly answer. I really need help on this.
post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by supercouille View Post

Hi,

my build :

CPU: Xeon E3-1230v2
MOBO : Supermicro X9SCM-F
DRIVES : 6x WD red 2tb
RAM : Kingston 16GB ECC ram (2x8)
PSU : Corsair CX500M
CASE : NZXT Source 210

So I have this build and I want to have ZFS raid and VMs running (whs, ubuntu, etc..)

Although I can't seem to find a configuration that allows it.
the 6 ports on my mobo are taken by 6 drives. I need to boot from USB (ideally)
I want software RaidZ2
I want to have VMs running that have access to my RaidZ2 on the same machine.

If you need more info I will gladly answer. I really need help on this.

Hmm, if ALL 6 drives are going to be for VM storage in a ZFS array, you are needing to run your hypervisor and the storage of your ZFS VM on USB storage, which is probably not going to happen.

A viable option:
5 2TB drives in ZFS array -- load VMware ESXi onto a flash drive, then run your Ubuntu (or whatever your ZFS is going to live on) VM on the 6th 2TB drive. You can use the rest of that storage for backups or something. Then pass your 5 other hard drives through to that VM and build your ZFS array.
From here you can spin up more VMs on ESXi, and use iSCSI storage for those VMs.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Can I boot from usb on Ubuntu and start the ZFS pool from there and then start a software VM to run VM for windows?
Are software VM recommended?

I could also do as you say and just plug in a PCIe card with more SATA ports, but on the FreeNAS software forum, they dont recommend to virtualize FreeNAS

http://forums.freenas.org/threads/absolutely-must-virtualize-freenas-a-guide-to-not-completely-losing-your-data.12714/
http://forums.freenas.org/threads/please-do-not-run-freenas-in-production-as-a-virtual-machine.12484/#post58364
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by supercouille View Post

Can I boot from usb on Ubuntu and start the ZFS pool from there and then start a software VM to run VM for windows?
Are software VM recommended?

I could also do as you say and just plug in a PCIe card with more SATA ports, but on the FreeNAS software forum, they dont recommend to virtualize FreeNAS

http://forums.freenas.org/threads/absolutely-must-virtualize-freenas-a-guide-to-not-completely-losing-your-data.12714/
http://forums.freenas.org/threads/please-do-not-run-freenas-in-production-as-a-virtual-machine.12484/#post58364

I'm not sure if you can run Ubuntu from a USB drive, but if you could then you could install that there, build your ZFS pool, and virtualize Ubuntu with KVM or OpenVZ. You wouldn't be able to run Windows in virtualization, though. Using software virtualization like KVM or OpenVZ will allow you to have guest VMs of the same OS as the host, since it shares the kernel. You could also install Xen on Ubuntu for paravirtualization.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
So maybe it is not the right term, but I heard that you can run Windows in VMware Player in ubuntu.

Is it a good option?
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by supercouille View Post

So maybe it is not the right term, but I heard that you can run Windows in VMware Player in ubuntu.

Is it a good option?

No idea, never done it. After some additional thought, you could always run Ubuntu from a flash drive as a "live USB". I would recommend using the Xen hypervisor on Ubuntu if you want to run Windows, I think that would work.

Others will chime in with more info, I'm sure. I'm learning more and more about *nix and general open source software, but still have a ways to go.

I guess that's the other part of it is that I expected your Ubuntu install to be CLI only and no GUI, thus meaning VMware player would not work (you could always remove the GUI after your Windows VM was set up for remote access).
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

Using software virtualization like KVM or OpenVZ will allow you to have guest VMs of the same OS as the host, since it shares the kernel. You could also install Xen on Ubuntu for paravirtualization.

This is true for OpenVZ, since that is a container technology, rather than a full-blown virtual machine technology. KVM and Xen will allow you to run guest OSes other than the host. Windows Server will run on KVM. smile.gif Check this out. smile.gif
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by parityboy View Post

This is true for OpenVZ, since that is a container technology, rather than a full-blown virtual machine technology. KVM and Xen will allow you to run guest OSes other than the host. Windows Server will run on KVM. smile.gif Check this out. smile.gif

Oh cool! I didn't realize KVM was paravirtualization, so thank you for correcting me.
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