VMware Storage : NFS Datastore’s

Hi Guys,

Today I want to share a real time concept from Mr.Terence, who has mailed me this concept. I am pasting the matter as it is…

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Hi
image Just thought I’d share a working solution. I’ve recently begun using a “cheap” solution for centralized VM storage : Windows Server 2003, with NFS service.

Basic benefits for ESX environment:
– central datastore for VM’s, so if an ESX host dies, we’ve been successfully able to boot up VM’s from other ESX hosts very quickly
– Windows Server is simple to backup : backing up our VM’s at VMDK level works great (using BackupExec 12 with open-file backup enabled)
– no expensive dedicated storage hardware needed; although we are lucky to have 10K RPM disks in our Windows Server, so throughput has been fantastic
– Windows Server is much simpler to install & manage than some SAN / NAS environments; and the server can be used for other services if needed (DHCP, DNS, File Server, Print Server, app server, etc)

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Do you want to know how to setup NFS on Windows for ESX Server, then watch the below videos

Create a NFS Share on Windows 2003 for ESX Part – I

Create a NFS Share on Windows 2003 for ESX Part – II

Create a NFS Share on Windows 2003 for ESX Part – III

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