File servers and virtualisation.
I'm planning our 'mid way' migration to a virtualised solution at our school, and as it stands I have it planned as such:
3 x Dell R610 servers, each with 2 x quad core xeon processors and 24 - 32GB RAM.
1 x Dell 1950 server, connected to an MD1000 DAS storage array, running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2.
Now, when it comes to file serving, what is the best route to take? Am I right thinking that it would be best to simply set up one drive array on the WSS server to be an SMB host, with the files shared directly?
Would this make sense, as otherwise, if the file server was virtualised, the data being served would end up following this path:- DAS->Virtual Box->Client, meaning that double the traffic is traversing the box as necessary?