First, where is the best place to map the Domino DATA data directory? While I could put the Domino DATA directory inside of one big VM, it would seem to me that it might be better to keep the VM as small as possible (e.g. 8 GB - just big enough for OS, swap files, Domino Server and apps) and then map the DATA directory to another drive or a NAS. Can I delegate a physical drive on the EXSI server to a specific VM? (It appears that VMWARE supports something called Raw Device Mapping RDM for this). Should I use an external NAS?
For those of us that need to run a Lotus Notes or Domino instance inside a VM on our desktop with VMWARE Workstation, I have the same question - is it better to keep data inside or outside the VM?
Second, I'm looking for recommendations to build an EXSi box like Andrew but with RAID. ? I'm looking for a budget solution, e.g. a RAID controller and 4 terabyte SATA drives or something like that. This is for my own test and production environment for < 5 users so while it needs to be reliable it does not have to have the robustness required to support an organization.
I appreciate any comments, suggestions, links, etc.. I'm really looking for input from people that have already done what I'm describing.
In my research, I have found the following links that may be of help:
VMWORLD 2007 VMWARE & DOMINO
VMWARE Community Best Practices for IBM Lotus Domino
Domino Performnace Setting
VMWARE Raw Device Mapping