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Drive Config for Virtualized Server 10.5

Question asked by dbecker88 on Mar 9, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 9, 2017 by dbecker88
  • currently approx. 5-10 simustaneous field data collectors
  • current SQL Server Express instance with all SDE gdbs is ~5GB
  • current ArcGIS for Server 10.3.1 Standard Workgroup; 2-core license
  • current Win Server 2008 x64 8GB RAM box functions as:
    • 5TB RAID5 array that stores all SQL db data/logs, and also file data that's shared via SMB
    • runs ArcGIS for Server
    • runs IIS7 web adaptor
  • current published feat. services as added as peroxided items in AGOL
  • current box is always running at 97%+ physical memory, we need more memory and I also want SQL server to utilize more then 1GB of memory, hence the upgrade to Standard.


New box. 6-core, 32GB RAM

  • old GIS box will continue to be file server
  • new box will run Hyper-V Core as host OS, with 2 guest VM's, each will be Server 2012 Std:
    • VM-1
      • Active Directory Domain Controller
      • SQL Server 2012 Std
    • VM-2
      • ArcGIS for Server 10.5 Standard Workgroup; 2-core
      • ArcGIS Web Adapter on IIS7
      • Active Directory Domain Controller


How should I configure the physical drives in the new box; how about his?

  • Single physical 60GB SSD 7.2K RPM drive for host OS, Hyper-V Core (I don't want to go down the thumb drive route)
  • One Big Raid10 array with 4x500GB SSD 10k RPM physical drives = 1000GB of space.
    • VM-1_OS.vhd -- OS (120GB)
    • VM-1_SQLdata.vhd -- SQL Server Data (500GB)
    • VM-1_SQLlog.vhd -- SQL Server Logs (200GB)
    • VM-2_OS.vhd -- OS and ArcGIS Server and AD DC (120GB)


Edit: looks like DC's are incompotible with both SQL server and ArcGIS Server. I'll find a different solution for it. Too bad MS Server 2012 R2 Std didn't come with more then 2 VM licenses...We just cannot justify the datacenter edition price.