Our previous blog posts on this subject:
- Hyper-V: Creating a Fixed VHDX on 8x RAID 6 SATA Spindle Set: 130GB
- Result: 158 Minutes
- Hyper-V: Creating a Fixed VHDX on SSD: 40GB Time
- Result: 5 Minutes
- 130GB Extrapolate: 19 Minutes
For today’s test we are running the following setup:
- Intel Server System R2208GZ4GC
- Dual Xeon E5-2630
- 128GB (16x 8GB) Kingston ECC
- Intel Integrated RAID RMS25CB080 with BBU
- 8x 600GB Seagate 10K SAS drives at 2.5”
The operating system is a freshly installed Windows Server 2012 Standard.
The RAID 6 array setup in the RAID controller’s BIOS is as follows:
- Logical/Virtual Disk 0: 120GB
- Logical/Virtual Disk 1: 3.1TB
We start the New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard in Hyper-V Manager and run through to create a fixed VHDX with a 130GB size.
Our test results are:
Yup. 2 Minutes.
As a just-in-case we ran this test again this time while watching the Performance Monitor:
- Start: 13:37
- Finish: 13:39
- Disk Queue Length:
- Disk Throughput:
- All three measures:
- Result #2: 2 Minutes
Check out that throughput at 1GB/Second! And, Disk Queue Length hovering around 5 for the working virtual/logical disk.
This test demonstrates that a properly configured disk subsystem will perform as good or better than expected.
Now on to the SSD tests! :)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book