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[ale] MD RAID 5 under Virtual Box under Win 7

Host OS is Win 7 Pro. We have a 180GB SSD for boot drive, 2x 2TB 7.2k SATA
drives mirrored for backup and 6x 600GB SAS 15k drives for data acquisition
of some sort. Customer asked for RAID 5 with a hot spare. Win 7 doesn't
support RAID 5 in any way shape or form. So when I went Googling, I found a
link to using MDRAID under Win 7 under (or in) Virtual Box. Not saying that
this is the best/only solution, just polling for comments, instruction,
advise and all the good stuff that ALE folks are so good with.


On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM, JD <jdp at algoloma.com> wrote:

> It isn't clear to me - what is the hostOS and what is the clientOS?
> What is the purpose for the hostOS and what is the purpose of the clientOS?
> Why is VirtualBox involved at all?  Virtualbox is great for
> desktop-on-desktop
> virtualization, but I'd never deploy it if a server was involved. There are
> many, better, solutions for any hostOS.
> On 04/17/2013 12:40 PM, Greg Clifton wrote:
> > OK, put down the flame throwers, this is a US Government system, so we
> can't
> > change the OS.
> >
> > Here is the deal, I have a system I'm trying to complete and ship today
> or
> > tomorrow that needs RAID 5 with a hot spare. We're running an ASUS mobo
> with an
> > ASUS Pike 2008 LSI controller which only supports RAID 0, 1, 10.
> >
> > This is a dual Xeon E5-2630 system with 64 GB of RAM so there should be
> plenty
> > of resources and horsepower. I'm soliciting recommendations/advise
> regarding
> > the possibility of creating a Linux software RAID 5 under virtual box.
> >
> > Good idea/bad idea?
> > Pros/cons?
> > What distro would you recommend?
> > Never done such a thing, so a pointer to a good tutorial would be nice.
> >
> > Other option would be to get a different controller which would delay
> shipment
> > and probably eat $350 of profit at least.
> >
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