Planning Partitions for ESX Server 2.5 (1506)
|Mount Point||File System Type||Size (MB)||Additional Size Options||Force to Be a Primary Partition||Used By|
|/boot||ext3||50||Fixed size||Select||Service Console|
|Not applicable||swap||Double the amount of reserved memory you selected in the Device Allocation section1||Fixed size||Select|
|/ (root)||ext3||1800||Fixed size||Select|
|/home||ext3||1800||Fixed size||Do not select2||Personal files for Service Console users; virtual machine configuration files and logs|
|/vmimages||ext3||Depends on usage; if unsure, start with 10000 (10GB)||Fixed size||Do not select||Exported virtual disks, virtual machine templates3, ISO images, and other large files4|
|Not applicable||vmkcore||100||Fixed size||Do not select||VMkernel|
|Not applicable (automatically created as /vmfs/)||vmfs2||Rest of disk (or less according to your needs — 20GB may be plenty)||Fill to maximum allowable size (or fixed size if not using rest of disk)||Do not select||VMware File System (VMFS)|
1The minimum amount of memory required by the Service Console is 192 for eight virtual machines. If you selected this setting, for example, enter 384 here.
2When you do not force the fourth partition (/home) to be a primary partition, an extended partition occupying the remainder of the disk is created, and /home and any subsequent partitions are created as logical partitions within the extended partition.
3An installation with many different kinds of virtual machines, running many different guest operating systems, needs more space in /vmimages than in an installation in which all the virtual machines are alike.
4If you plan to use vmsnap and vmres for backup and restore, note that /vmimages also serves as the default backup directory on both the local and remote ESX Server hosts for the backup snapshot script vmsnap.pl.
Note: Also consider making separate partitions for /tmp and /var. Directories like /var/log can fill up quickly if stored under the Service Console's root directory. In addition, /var must have at least 1GB of space if it is used for kickstart.
Important: ESX Server should not be installed on a machine with an attached disk array that is greater than or equal to 1TB. For a workaround, see www.vmware.com/support/kb/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1639.