I posted this under the VirtualBox forums, but i figured it can’t hurt to have them listed here.
What I’m doing is trying to setup a development environment at low cost. I have a few 1U servers which I use as host OS, and they are connecting to the Drobo Elite which holds the guest OS images.
My first attempt thus far is to have separate LUNs per virtual machine. The host OS can than mount the iSCSI LUN when it wants to fire up a test machine, and the .VDI virtual hard disk resides inside (haven’t tried getting VirtualBox to mount the iSCSI directly).
It ain’t super fast, but I’ve got great flexibility for about 10k with this type of setup. Perfect for a small company to setup an OS compatibility lab for software.
What I’m getting issues with however is when I try and mount the virtual drives as SATA in VirtualBox . Doing so crashes my guest OS, and I find that even the drobo goes off-line (can’t access it) from my laptop. Drobo requires a hard reboot.
Workaround is to use the IDE controller that VirtualBox provides (so far, it’s going well). But I find it strange that the entire drobo box crashes hard, and I don’t have a log to tell me what went wrong.
Can anyone help me out here?