Hyper-V and Raid question

Anthony 21 Reputation points

Hello everyone,
Looking for some opinions.
I have some new hardware and just looking to see what the best practice might be.
I have 2x DL380 G10 with 256GB Ram and a 16 core processor. Also have 4x 10GB and 4x 1GB Nic
The servers have 2x 1TB SSD mirrored that will host the hypervisor. Nothing will be happening there other than the Hyper-V manager (Should I use W10 or W2k19?)
The storage is a QNAP with 128GB Ram and 4x10GB with 4x1GB Nic. There are 12x 1TB SSD drives.
Just looking to know what would give me the best performance in the RAID department. I'm debating a RAID 60 but in the VMWare world RAID 60 isn't that good.
I'm wondering in the Hyper-V world what the best practice would be. The servers will host about 10 VMs total. 2VMs will be pretty heavily used, one is an SQL server so it's going to be doing some intensive writing. We currently have a smaller QNAP with SSDs and it works well but we have this in a RAID 10.
Any opinions?

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  1. Leon Laude 85,701 Reputation points

    Hi @Anthony ,

    First of all, use Windows Server for hosting your Hyper-V virtual machines.

    Performance wise RAID-10 is the way to go, although it requires a minimum of four (4) drives.

    There's a few really good articles out there which you could deep dive in:


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  2. Eleven Yu (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 10,706 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    For SQL server, RAID 10 is recommended.

    Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration

    Also, you can refer to below articles for more details about RAID types including pros and cons.
    Choosing the Right RAID Configurations



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