FreeBSD 9 On ESXi 5.5?
drew at mykitchentable.net
Tue Dec 3 00:17:01 UTC 2013
I recently purchased an HP Proliant ML310 to replace an old server that
happily ran FBSD for 13 years before it died last month.
Now because the hardware will support it, I'd like to learn about
vSphere or ESXi or whatever they are calling it these days as we are
beginning to migrate that way at work. Thus I would like to rebuild my
FBSD box as a guest.
My new server has 4, 1TB drives. The onboard RAID controller will only
do mirroring or striping without parity. It will not do what I know of
as RAID5 where parity info is spread across the disks. I had hoped to
use the 4 drives as one logical 3 TB drive with parity. But since I
can't, I have set it up as 4 single drives and therefore have 4
different drives in which I could create virtual drives for my FBSD
guest. It was my thought that then I could use these 4 virtual drives
and build my FBSD on ZFS, just as I would if it were bare metal.
I used to use ZFS and like the redundancy it provides. However I've
googled and there seems to be a lot of posts about ZFS not working well
in a virtual machine.
Does anyone have any insight on this? Good idea? Bad idea that will
bite me later? It is most important to me to have a machine that is
reliable and just runs like my old one did than to do anything fancy. I
like a raid1z pool because I could lose a disk and not lose data.
However I do not want to cause problems by using it in a vm since they
are so easy to restore from backups.
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