2016-12-15 03:37 AM
I have worked on FAS3040 MC/V6080 systems in previous roles, but now have "moved up" to a AFF8040 system!
ONTAP 9 is new to me so I have a few questions about basic configuration guidelines for the following infrastructure.
We are deploying a 5 node Hyper-V cluster running about 6 VMs including SQL, Exchange SharePoint together with 10 user virtual desktops.
The system we have (it's a bit of a high spec'ed beast!) is a AFF8040 with 24 x 800GB SSDs.
The workloads are not going to be very high, however I wondered if placing the VMs in "groups" of LUNs presented from the AFF8040:
Single LUN for SQL (with several VHDKs created on it)
Single LUN for Exchange
Single LUN for SharePoint
Several 500GB LUNs for the user desktops
The AFF8040 is a HA configuration, so these LUNs will be split across the 2 controllers.
Would this be an acceptable solution or are there better options/configurations?
Thanks in advance
2016-12-15 06:25 AM
It's not how I'd lay it out ...
For applications (SQL, Exchange, Sharepoint) we'd typicaly create seperate storage for the data seperate from the host VMs.
This storage would be LUNs presented to the VMs rather than using VHDKs.
I might create several SVMs(vservers) with multiple volumes and multiple LUNs.
A vserver for HyperV with two volumes and LUNs - one for the desktops and another for the application server VMs.
A vserver for SQL with volumes/LUNs for data Files, logs, System DB. Optionaly dedicated LUNs for data and logs if multiple DBs are being served.
A vserver for Exchange with multiple volumes/LUNs.
A vserver for Sharepoint with multiple volumes/LUNs.
This is the short answer.
We take days to teach application configuration in our HyperV, MSSQL, Exhange, etc. on NetApp courses.
(Would love to see you in class!)
You may want to view some of the Web based training on these applications available on learningcenter.netapp.com
There are also a number of Best Practice TRs on setting up these applications you may find in the NetApp library: http://www.netapp.com/us/library/index.aspx
I hope this response has been helpful to you.
At your service,
Eugene E. Kashpureff, Sr.
Independent NetApp Consultant http://www.linkedin.com/in/eugenekashpureff
Senior NetApp Instructor, FastLane US http://www.fastlaneus.com/
(P.S. I appreciate 'kudos' on any helpful posts.)
2016-12-15 07:38 AM
How you layout you volumes and LUNs will depend on several factors, including:
I hope these questions help, and have fun with the AFF!
2017-01-05 01:08 AM
Many thanks for the detailed reply!
We have just received the AFF8040, so working on the detailed configuration now.
Our infrastructure is small, but I am looking to use the full HA capabilities of the AFF8040, so I think will be looking into having several SVMs (split across the controllers), each servicing the LUNs for the SQL, SharePoint, Excahnge and user desktops.
2017-01-05 01:16 AM
Many thanks for the reply!
We have just received our shiny new AFF8040 and now getting down to the configuration of it.
The infrastructure is small, and I am the sysadmin for all the hardware, software and data!
We have a 3rd patry backup software (which I inherited!) and it has no NetApp intergration.
I will be looking to use the snapshot functions (SD for Windows on the Cluster Nodes & SM for Hyper-V).
We have no DR site/infrastructure and the system is isolated (so don't have that additional hassle/worry)