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Networking with VMware, physical adapters and iSCSI

New VMware user here, setting up my first environment. I have an ESXi host that has four physical NiCs (NiC0, NiC1, NiC2, NiC3). I have installed ESXi, the VCVA appliance, and several VMs ...
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How to Shrink a Volume on Equallogic SAN

I extended a disk on a DB server (so we could temporarily restore a database) and I would like to shrink the volume back down now that the data has been deleted. I deleted the data and shrank the ...
4
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2answers
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iSCSI SAN Implementation with several ESXi hosts and two Equallogic SANs

I work for a small state college. We currently have 4 ESXi hosts (all made by Dell), 2 EqualLogic SANs (PS4000 and PS4100) and a bunch of old HP Procurve switches. The current setup is very far from ...
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4answers
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Single/Mulitple LUN for massive VM hosting

I'm building a iscsi storage system for hosting about ~500 Vmware vm running concurrently. And I have a disk array with 15 disks, I only need moderate write performance but at least raid1. so, that ...
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3answers
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How to measure IOps one virtual machine on VMWare ESX?

How should I measure IOPS generated by a single Virtual Machine in VMWare ESX? Also what would be a normal amount of IOPS for a Windows XP virtual machine?
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1answer
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vmware esx 4.1 cant see existing SAN storage

I have 3 esx 4.1 hosts connected to HP EVA 4400 StorageWork. All host can see 6 datastore, LUN1 to LUN6, 1TB for each datastore. Recently I add another esx 4.1 host but unfortunately this now host ...
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2answers
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ESX or ESXi as FCoE or ISCSI or NFS target?

Is is possible to set up ESXi or more expensive ESX server as a storage target (FCoE, ISCSI or NFS, in that order) for other ESX servers? If so, how?
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2answers
547 views

P2V successful with local drives but fails with SAN storage

I have server with local drives and about 500GB LUN on some SAN storage. We recently attempted to P2V this server on to ESX but it would keep failing at 1% if the SAN storage was included but it would ...
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1answer
452 views

Can the EMC grab utility be used on ESX hosts

Can the EMC grab utility be used on ESX hosts?
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1answer
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how-to: ZFS design and cache tuning : ARC, ZIL

storage system in consideration from below h/w lying idle: 6 x 300GB 10K SAS; 2 X 146 GB 15K SAS; 12GB DDR2 RAM; Xeon CPU 2.5Ghz two 1GB NIC ports 1 - DLink 1GB ethernet switch (1000/100 MB) 8-port ...
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1answer
357 views

Unable to mount NFS share to one of the blades on my ESX Server

I'm getting the following error when trying to mount an NFS share to one of my blades on ESX: "Error during the configuration of the host: NFS Error: Unable to Mount filesystem: Unable to connect to ...
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1answer
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how to calculate workloads for VM environment?

typical workloads in a VM environment like: disk perf (read, write), CPU usage etc to decide on server sizing and design of network, disk subsystems. any tools that help in this exercise?
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6answers
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hardware recommendations for a DIY storage system based on ZFS [closed]

Looking to make use of old server lying idle as a proof-of-concept ...here are specs Dell PE 2900: Xeon 5110 - 2P, 12 GB RAM, 8x 300 GB 15K drives, Perc 5i+256 MB cache what additional h/w would be ...
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5answers
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VMWare ESX, storage over 2TB

First of, i'm a webdeveloper and my server experience lies in setting up FreeBSD servers for webserver. I'm working on a project for at photographer, and i'm hired to develop a new online photo ...
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1answer
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Adding new virtual disks to a Windows host in ESX “live”

Building on my previous question about RHEL, how do you add get the guest OS to recognize that you've added new drives to it without a reboot? I have Windows 2003, XP, and 2008 guests running on ESX ...
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2answers
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Adding new virtual disks to a RHEL host in ESX “live”

I'm sure I've just missed which tutorial/manual page covers this, but how do you add get the guest OS to recognize that you've added new drives to it without a reboot? I have a RHEL5 guest running on ...
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2answers
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How to connect to ESX Server Storage To Upload VM Images

I am trying to figure out how I can connect to an ESX server's storage system so that I can upload VM image files. I am a windows user if that matters (i suspect it does). Thanks in advance
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1answer
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Mounting NAS Storage on ESX

I am trying to add NAS Storage to my ESX4i but didn't get any option from the VIM Client. It seems that there are less options in the ESX4i than in ESX3.5 so I tried to mount the File system. I ran ...
0
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1answer
79 views

How to Assign datastorage Limit to the datastore from LM?

We have a Data Storeage XYZ with 1TB HDD and 32 GB ram. - We want to assign this to 2 different groups 500GB HDD, 16GB RAM to Group - A and 500GB HDD and 16GB RAM to another group. We want to set ...
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8answers
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What kind of storage do people actually use for VMware ESX servers?

VMware and many network evangelists try to tell you that sophisticated (=expensive) fiber SANs are the "only" storage option for VMware ESX and ESXi servers. Well, yes, of course. Using a SAN is fast, ...
6
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4answers
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SAN system upgrade/design

Greetings, I'm a long-time lurker, first time poster. For brevity, let me ask my question up-front and then give the longer backstory, so you can choose how much you want to read. Short version... ...
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3answers
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VMware ESX 3 Storage Array Maintenance

We've got a small ESX3 cluster w/ Server vMotion (I don't believe we have Storage vMotion) attached to two iSCSI storage arrays. One array is (gross) Windows and requires Windows updates pretty much ...
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5answers
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What's the cheapest way to set up Hyper-V to be able to do failover?

We've got VMware as our enterprise VM solution using a SAN but we're looking into the possibility of using virtualisation in-branch. This might mean ESX or Hyper-V. As I understand it, to be able to ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to check to see if your VMFS partitions are aligned on storage?

I'm running ESX 3.5 currently, and about to set up 4.0 on a new HP EVA4400. Once the servers running 4.0 are up, I'll be migrating all of the 3.5 VMs over to the new datastores using Storage vMotion ...
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2answers
2k views

ReadyNAS 2100 iSCSI and ESX Server 3 - Multiple Host Connections

I have a simple VMWare ESX Server 3 farm (plus Virtual Infrastructure/HA) that is running off of a single iSCSI SAN. We have a NetGear ReadyNAS 2100 set up as an iSCSI target with two volumes ...
4
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4answers
757 views

VMWare ESX Storage Upgrade solutions

Current situation: 2xESX 3.5 (Soon to be vSphere) 2xESXi 3.5 All four servers are running standalone. The two ESX servers are beginning to run out of hard drive space but still doing very well on ...