raw data mappings vs standard VMFS in windows
I am confused and wanted to get some opinions on this topic.
Currently in the process of migrating an existing physical file server onto a virtual machine in ESX4.0. This servers primary role is to manage home directories for all users and roaming profiles for all users .
I unsure once migrated to a VM which storage topology would give me the best performance VM as a VMFS volume or to use raw data mappings.
Would I be better importing it as a VM and then the VM will be in a VMFS storage type or creating a new VM but creating an extra local disk and using raw data mappings so this disk is accessed directly to the SAN?
I believe the second option would give the best performance but am unsure.
Are other techs in a similar position, can one recommend one over the other? I assume also option 1 would be more easier to manage also.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.