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Hi guys,

So I've been reading a lot of the threads here and have a couple of questions of my own.

I'm planning on getting a Dell C1100 http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-POWEREDGE-C1100-1U-2x-XEON-L5520-2-26GHZ-CPUS-72GB-MEMORY-4x-HDD-TRAYS-/200943931581?
and I was wondering, would the newer 3TB or 4TB WD Reds work with the built-in SATA controller?

I plan on running ESXi as the hypervisor on a 1TB black, with unRAID to control the hard drives (3 x WD Reds/Greens of varying sizes) and VMs as windows server 2012 and several win7/win8 workstations or test beds. Would this be optimal? Or should I have ESXi and unRAID on something like a 8GB usb key and run the VMs off the raid setup?

Also, if I want to expand my storage in the future, would adding a DAS via SAS be doable? Could I add something like the Dell PERC 6/E controller to the PCI-E slot and connect it to something like http://www.ebay.ca/itm/SGI-3U-Omnistor-SE3016-SATA-SAS-SATA-Expander-DAS-16-Trays-and-SAS-cable-Screw-/141021842192?pt=US_NAS_Disk_Arrays&hash=item20d58e8b10
This would allow for unRAID to add the drives to the array correct?

Thanks!
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Looking into doing this myself.
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Ok, so after more reading, I think I might change a few things. It seems like using Windows Server 2012's pooled storage might be a bit better so I can integrate AD permissions instead of setting them up separately on unRAID (and it seems like it doesn't play too nicely with AD anyways).

Now, since I don't need more than 4 drives right now, I don't need to use any hardware controllers right? But if I do choose to expand using a DAS (or something similiar), would it be better to use one controller to manage everything instead of using native ports + controller? Would something like the LSI 8888ELP work best?
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