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My hostd.log file on vSphere 5 says that partedUtil is timing out while trying to write the partition table on an iSCSI target being served from OpenIndiana/napp-it.

I read that sized over 2TB give problems, so I sized the volume to 500GB.

I tried mounting the target in Ubuntu 11.04 with open-iscsi and it worked, so this seems to be an issue with the vSphere implementation of iSCSI or not?

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Is there an actual question in there somewhere? – Mark Henderson Mar 10 '12 at 1:13
Please post the actual error message from the ESXi log. – Massimo Mar 15 '12 at 19:13

iSCSI is a standard protocol, and ESXi 5 is standard a iSCSI initiator, so it should be compatible with any iSCSI target; there really is not such a thing as a "compatible iSCSI target".

If we are instead talking about supported iSCSI targets, then you should have a look at the VMware HCL: Anything that's not there should work, but it's not guaranteed to, and may require some tweaking or even not work at all.

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there are considerations with VMware iSCSI. Take openfiler/IET for example.

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