i have a NAS running physically on an old PC. I want to virtualize this nas on the same hardware to be able to host another small Linux server. I have done this before but there are two issues i want to "fix" this time around. So the main requirements for the hypervisor are as follows:
Need to have
1) SATA pass through on such a level so that the NAS can spin down harddrives without the hypervisor intervening. Yes, i know, servers shouldn't spin down but this is a home machine and i'm at work half of the day and electricity is expensive!
2) Presenting two physical drives to the FreeBSD guest VM just as they were before the migration so that it can continue running. The actual VM will be reinstalled of course, but it needs to be able to pick up old data through some kind of SATA pass through. Last time around i used ESXi and vmfs drives, now i want to keep the drives at the FreeBSN native format (SoftRAID).
Nice to have
1) GUI admin from Mac OS, native or web doesn't really matter.
ASRock ALiveNF6G-VSTA mainboard http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=ALiveNF6G-VSTA
AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+
5GB of DDR2 RAM
1x500GB system drive
2x1TB data drives