One topic I get a lot of questions about is creating an All-in-One ESXi 5.0 machine with ZFS storage based on Illumian, Nexenta, and Solaris 11 Express all alongside guest operating systems. For those not familiar with the concept, the idea is simple, utilize what is arguably the best open storage subsystem very similar to what Oracle and NetApp use in their high-end storage inside a virtual machine. Then, export that storage to other virtual machines running the services you want such as a Windows Home Server 2011 or Linux based LAMP setup. Since the interconnects between virtual machines are fast, assuming you have sufficient CPU to drive the traffic, this method both utilizes [...]
Recently creating a VMware ESXi virtual machine for NexentaStor was covered in a quick how-to guide. The next logical piece of the puzzle is this guide to getting NexentaStor installed in the virtual machine. There are, of course variations to the installation, so this guide will not cover every variation out there, but it should be more than sufficient to get a solid ESXi NexentaStor installation running and ready for more specific configuration.