So, I'm looking at rebuilding my home server. My current setup is the following
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- 1TB Boot Drive (my smallest drive)
- Windows Dynamic Spanned volume, continaing 1x 1TB drive, 2x 2TB drives, totalling 5TB.
I am upgrading to a hardware RAID controller, and I would like to run Hyper-V server core. However, I want to retain the ability to join my "file server" to a homegroup, so I must use Windows 7. I know VHDs can only be like 127GB or something, so I obviously need to directly connect disks to my Windows 7 machine. Here is my plan:
- Server Core 2008 R2 (Hyper-V)
- 1TB Boot Drive (storing VHDs for boot drives of VMs) - possibly in a RAID 1 with my other 1TB drive
- 5x 2TB drives (1x 2TB drive hot spare), totalling 10TB, directly attached to a Windows 7 VM, for use of homegroup for this array.
In the past, I directly attached the windows dynamic volume to a Windows 7 VM, and performance was abysmal. The question is, with hardware RAID, will it really make that much of a difference?
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz
- Asus Maximus II Formula (PCI-E x16)
- 8GB DDR2 RAM PC2-6400
(Yes, I know its a bit out of date)