So I just got some new servers and a new Sata Raid Enclosure (Promise VTRAK 12110 -- 12 drive Sata RAID enclosure). I want to use the new server to setup virtual machines, one of which will be my new ISPConfig server. I was wondering if I would be able to somehow use a portion of the 10TB raid array (the Promise VTRAK) as storage for the ISPConfig setup? I.e. all the users folders (i.e. web1, web2, etc...) would be stored on the raid enclosure!!! Most of my websites have large files available for download and it would be nice to keep those files on the raid array. I would also consider the possibility of having a combination of storage areas? I.e. the web1, web2, etc... folder could live locally on the ISPConfig Virtual Server , but then maybe put a directory inside one of these websites like "web1/downloads" where the /downloads folder would live on the raid array??? That way the website would run faster since all files are on the local machine, and the large files could be stored on the raid array? Currently I have a windows 2003 server that I use as a file server and is directly connected to the VTRAK via SCSI 320 cable. The windows 2003 server has a few shared folders that I can access/mount from my other windows servers. Is this possible? Would there be any performance issues with this? Again I am pretty new to Linux but know my way around. I just don't know the BEST way to approach this? Maybe I could also get some advice on the following: * What is the best platform to run my virtual machines? I usually install win server 2003 on the physical server, and then install VMWare Server and create/run all my virtual servers with that? Is there a more powerful alternative?