I'd appreciate some guidance in setting up my Synology DS1513+ NAS to work together with my Hyper-V server using the VMs outlined in my original post:
Originally Posted by kesawi
VM1 - Windows 2012 Server R2: File server via iSCSI to my NAS, AD server, DHCP/DNS server, Server Essentials Role, RADIUS server for WIFI authentication, WSUS repository
VM2 - Windows 8.1: Argus TV server, anything that won't run on Windows Server of Linux
VM3 - Linux host of some description: Plex, utorrent, SABNZBd, CouchPotato, Sickbeard, Calibre
VM4 - Sophos UTM Firewall
I'll be connecting LAN1 of my Synology to my HP 1810-24G switch to use as the administrative interface. I intend to connect LAN3 and LAN4 directly to two lan ports on my server rather than going through the switch and use MIPO for both redundancy and bandwidth.
I plan for my server to have a 120GB SSD (compliments of my main PC which I'm upgrading to a 500GB SSD), a 500GB HDD (spare from an old external drive), and a 2TB WD Green Drive (from my HTPC which current also acts as my file server). My intent is to use the drives on the server as follows:
- SSD: host and guest VMs
- 500GB HDD: TV recordings & temp plex working directory
- 2TB HDD: backups (VMs, host, key stuff on the NAS, other PCs) & downloads (torrents, sabnzbd, general downloads).
My intent for the NAS is to be the main bulk storage housing all my media, personal files and photos which will be served up my Windows 2012 Server R2. I also would like it to be a backup for my guest VMs, host and other PCs.
My understanding is that I will set up my NAS using file-level rather than block level LUNs with thin provisioning to provide the greatest flexibility at the sacrifice of some speed as follows:
- Create a single SHR volume on my NAS using all the available disk space.
- Create an iSCSI LUN for my main bulk storage
- Create an iSCSI LUN for each of my VMs which will be the backup
- Create an iSCSI target and map it to each of my LUNs (do I need one target per LUN or can I map a single target to all LUNs?)
I intent to run my main storage through the VM over iSCSI rather directly through an SMB share off of the NAS as I want to be able to use the windows indexing feature from these files with the client PC. My understanding through research and testing is that samba isn't compatible with the windows indexing services.