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Am I a fool? XPEnology and VMware question

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I currently have a home VMware cluster.  They have shared ISCSI storage off of a Windows 2012 bare metal box so I can vmotion between them.  Works fantastic. I'm looking to replace the 2012 with a new physical server.  Living in the virt world for work, I tend to want to virtualize everything.  Rather than waste a piece of hardware on an traditional OS or even XPEnology I considered installing ESXi on it, creating a XPE VM and share a NFS datastore off of it for my clustered hosts.  This would allow me to run other things on the physical server and still give me somewhere to host a shared datastore for my other.    Performance isn't a huge issue, I'm not running some sort of heavy database off it, just normal (mostly windows based) vm's. 

 

I'm kind of going into the territory of nested VM's but with storage.

 

I'm kinda looking for someone to talk me out of it and tell me what this is a horrible idea.  I just hate wasting an entire piece of hardware for 1 thing.

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Running XPEnology under ESXi is awesome. Sorry, I can't talk you out of it :)

 

I have a whitebox running a Supermicro X9 board with Mellanox network cards and pass through a LSI2308 SAS controller to the XPEnology VM and it works perfectly for me.

This is with SMB and 8 x 3TB drives in Raid 6...

 

Running a 1000MB file write on W: 5 times...
Iteration 1:    819.93 MB/sec
Iteration 2:    657.03 MB/sec
Iteration 3:    611.12 MB/sec
Iteration 4:    616.80 MB/sec
Iteration 5:    638.62 MB/sec
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Average (W):    668.70 MB/sec
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Running a 1000MB file read on W: 5 times...
Iteration 1:   1076.32 MB/sec
Iteration 2:   1391.45 MB/sec
Iteration 3:   1446.50 MB/sec
Iteration 4:   1477.59 MB/sec
Iteration 5:   1297.04 MB/sec
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Average (R):   1337.78 MB/sec
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On 12/10/2018 at 4:34 PM, ZZer00 said:

Running XPEnology under ESXi is awesome. Sorry, I can't talk you out of it :)

 

I have a whitebox running a Supermicro X9 board with Mellanox network cards and pass through a LSI2308 SAS controller to the XPEnology VM and it works perfectly for me.

This is with SMB and 8 x 3TB drives in Raid 6...

 

Running a 1000MB file write on W: 5 times...
Iteration 1:    819.93 MB/sec
Iteration 2:    657.03 MB/sec
Iteration 3:    611.12 MB/sec
Iteration 4:    616.80 MB/sec
Iteration 5:    638.62 MB/sec
-----------------------------
Average (W):    668.70 MB/sec
-----------------------------
Running a 1000MB file read on W: 5 times...
Iteration 1:   1076.32 MB/sec
Iteration 2:   1391.45 MB/sec
Iteration 3:   1446.50 MB/sec
Iteration 4:   1477.59 MB/sec
Iteration 5:   1297.04 MB/sec
-----------------------------
Average (R):   1337.78 MB/sec
-----------------------------

 

 

 

Thanks for you input, those are some impressive stats for sure.  I just need a simple off host datastore so I can vmotion live.  I ended up building it out, works fantastic.  I used an old build of Synology though, seems it's gotten significantly more tedious to build/maintain.  I didn't want to end up with something fragile and pieced together.  What version do you run?

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