Originally Posted by alawadhi
First of all, great work you have done.
Can you elaborate more on the VMware configuration? I am interested in how you have done each part of it, specially vSAN and network parts.
For the media storage space, did you configure the space as a dedicated space for the VM? or through VMware itself as a VM datastore (either vSAN'd or normal)?
Each node has a 400GB cache SSD and an 800GB capacity SSD contributing to my vSAN datastore. I'm using a FTT (failures to tolerate) policy of 1 so I can put one server into maintenance mode and still lose an additional node while still keeping my VM's up and available.
The above datastore is for just my VMs themselves. My media storage drives are connected to HBA controllers (different from the controllers my vSAN drives are connected to) and are passed through to individual UnRAID VMs via hardware passthrough . Those UnRAID VM's are just tiny 1GB vmdks for booting as once UnRAID is booted it operates completely off of USB drives (which I've also passed through to those VMs). Therefore all the media on my bulk drives are not part of the vSAN datastore as it would be all but impossible to migrate 64TB worth of data between hosts during a failure or maintenance. That is the purpose of having two of those arrays in case I need to take one down or it fails on it's own.
As for the networking piece I'm using a virtual distributed switch (vDS) via vCenter to manage the physical and virtual networking of the cluster. I currently have the single 10Gb NIC being shared amongst vSAN, vMotion, and VM Network traffic with dual 1Gb NICs as failover. And the reverse is true for the Management network. I'm waiting for the new Ubiquiti ES-16-XG switch to be released in a few weeks so that I can utilize the 2nd SFP+ port in all 4 of my servers. At which point I will probably re-configure my vDS.
I'm not sure if that answers your questions but feel free to ask me any anything else.P.S.
I just released my OP was a bit out of date with some of the changed I've made/parts I've ordered since. So I just updated that to reflect my current setup.Edited by PuffinMyLye - 7/22/16 at 11:10am