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I know long title but it describes my experiment very accurately. My goal in phase one was to put together a very quick and dirty solution for SRS (Sun Ray Server) in my home. It consists of some components I had lying around the house as well as some new. I will get into detail later on but wanted to get this started for now. Here is an overview of the components used in this solution:
- Sun Microsystems Ultra20: 6GB Memory, 2x160GB SATA, SAS Controller, Ext. 500GB eSATA.
- Iomega StorCenter Raid 1 500GB (usable): NAS, CIFS, FTP and AFP Compatible, Gigabit
- VMWare ESX Server 3.5 U2: VMs – Solaris 10 U6 and SRS 4
- Sun Ray 270 Client
- Dell 21″ Display
- ioGear MiniView switch
- 2 Gigabit switches: linksys 8 port and dlink 8 port (not really needed for SunRay just had them)
- First steps after connecting the external Sata disk in my case I put a 500GB Maxtor in a Maddog eSata case and connected it to my Sun (LSI) SAS controller. I purchased cables with the PCI plate attached for a cleaner install and then used an eSata cable to connect the disk. These were readly available from MicroCenter.
- Make sure you fdisk the drive first and change the type to “fb” you can refer to this site for details: http://communities.vmware.com/message/713185;jsessionid=4E7B2BBEB9128F8D0EBCBEFC4CDEFAF5
- I loaded ESXi 3.5 U3 successfully by leveraging the SAS card and external disks. Using the on-board controller would not work with ESXi, worked fine with ESX, uggg. So I had to buy the SAS 4 port controller.
- OpenSolaris 2008.11
- Solaris 2008.10
- Windows XP
- Mac OS X (Experimenting now, we sill see how this goes)
- Virtual Studio (VMWare)
- Sun Storage (Fishworks Simulation, Trying to get this converted to ESX)
More info on the way stay tuned!