Remote Desktop Session Host Server - RAID10 vs RAID1 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Scenario:

    VMware ESXi 6.7 U2 Server

    -2 x 8 core CPUs with hyperthreading

    -64GB of memory

    Virtual Machine 1:

    -Domain Controller / file server

    Virtual Machine 2:

    -Terminal Server (remote desktop session host server)

    -10-20 users

    Storage setup for ESXi Server

    Option 1. Go with 4 x 10K RPM drives in RAID10

    -Virtual Machine 1: domain controller / file server

    -Virtual Machine 2: terminal server

    Option 2. Go with the following

    2 x 7K RPM drives in RAID1

    -Virtual Machine 1: domain controller / file server

    2 x SSD drives in RAID1

    -Virtual Machine 2: terminal server

    For the storage setup, is Option 2 a better setup than Option 1? I’m not concerned about the file server drive speed but more concerned about the terminal server drive speed.

    Sunday, August 25, 2019 8:33 AM


  • Well, if you redirect user folders on the terminal server to the file server, or use User Profile Disks, the speed of your file server can suddenly become the speed of your terminal server, user experience-wise ;-)

    If those listed above are your only options, I would do the following:

    • 2x Mixed Use SSD in RAID1 for both VMs' boot drives
    • 2x HDD in RAID1 for the file servers' data drive

    Whether you leave NTDS and SYSVOL on boot drive (=on SSD) or move it to a separate drive (=on HDD) shouldn't matter performance-wise for 20 users.

    Evgenij Smirnov

    Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:31 PM

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