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Best Practice for creating a Windows 2012 R2 file server VM with a C: (OS) and D: (DATA) partition?

Question asked by QS IT on Apr 13, 2016
Latest reply on Apr 14, 2016 by J K

I am in process of deploying a Windows 2012 R2 Standard server, as a primary file server for our environment. I have create an 80GB VM, which is acting as the C: drive, and is solely for the OS and logs.


My questions is, for the D: partition/volume (used only for data sharing/collection) does it make more sense from an administrative standpoint to create this as another virtual machine and then mount that as the D: drive, or is it just simpler to create a LUN from my storage array and mount it to the virtual machine using iSCSI? I'm using a Nimble Storage array for all VMs and iSCSI LUNs.


The initial size of the D: volume will be 1.5TB, and I want the flexibility to be able to dynamically grow it, when it starts reaching capacity.