5
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2answers
240 views

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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4answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
689 views

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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6answers
1k views

Which storage protocol to use for ESX storage?

What storage connection method should one prefer to use for connecting ESX servers to a shared storage server with 10GbE links? Speficically, I have 2 ESX servers for VMware ESX and one server for ...
0
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3answers
288 views

could a NFS volume export to VMWARE ESX used for Windows 2008 cluster?

Linux NFS export to VMWare ESX. Could this be used as shared storage for two Windows Virtual machines inside the ESX? "cluster in a box" "Windows 2008 R2 needs support for SCSI-3 persistent ...
3
votes
4answers
376 views

Fast disk access in virtualisaion

My organisation is going to invest in either RedHat virtualization with KVM or VMware ESX. Some of our work involves disk intensive bio-informatics stuff such as BLAST, which we have found to mostly ...
2
votes
1answer
529 views

vSphere HA - Dealing with storage hba/link failure?

I'm looking at putting in a small cluster spanning two locations on the same campus. The vSphere hosts in each location would have a vSwitch connected to the production LAN, and I'd also be using a ...
3
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3answers
2k views

Why can't my ESX host see my iSCSI storage?

I have 4 ESX 4.0 hosts (a,b,c,d), 3 SATA Lefthand iSCSI SANS,1 SAS Lefthand iSCSI SAN Hosts a,b & c can see all 3 SAS sans and the 1 SATA san Hosts a,b,c & d can ping all 4 storage devices ...
2
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2answers
709 views

Installing HP P4000 VSA seperatly from ESX server

we are planning to install an ESX v4.0 server. we will have a iSCSI SAN. my question is is it ok to install the HP P4000 as a virtual machine inside an esx server or it's better to install it in ...
0
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1answer
386 views

Using Openfiler inside a virtualmachine and VmWare Fault Tolerance

currently I have 2 servers with Fault Tolerance working with another server with openfiler as a iSCSI server (looks like without that Fault Tolerance does not work). I would like to remove that server ...
1
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2answers
971 views

Expected IOPS for log writing on PS6000X SAN?

Customer is experiencing poor Sybase ASE 15 performance on a PS6000X SAN with 16 X 450GB 10K in RAID-50. The server is a Dell R710 running 2003 server R2 64bit in ESX 4.0.0,256968 I've used sqlio to ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

iSCSI targets don't appear after rescan

I have an Equallogic 4000PS SAN box to which I have connected 2 x ESX 4.0.0 hosts sharing the LUNs. I have an older ESX 3.5 host which I want to setup to share the same LUNs. I have setup a vmkernel ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

ESX hosts lose connectivity with iSCSI SAN LUNs

I've been experiencing this issue for a couple of months now where my ESX hosts lose connectivity with my iSCSI SAN vmfs volumes. As a results the ESX hosts enter a nonresponsive mode the associated ...
0
votes
1answer
657 views

Getting Partial / No Redundancy on VM's created on latest datastore

First some background. I'm in the process of upgrading my ESX servers from 3.5 to vSphere 4 and so far I have setup the new vCenter Server. Before I start the upgrade of the ESX, I needed more ...
1
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2answers
851 views

iSCSI connection timing out on ESX 3.5 against a NetApp storage appliance

I get a timeout on iSCSI on different ESX hosts (3.5) at different times. It is puzzling, as both the ESX hosts as windows and other guests are experiencing timeouts. The iSCSI network is segregated ...
4
votes
2answers
7k views

Setup redundant iSCSI network with 2 switches, SAN and ESX

I am in the process of re-doing the iSCSI network at my work. We currently have the following equipment: 1x Dell PowerConnect 6224 switch 1x Dell PowerVault MD3000 SAN connected to 2x Dell PowerEdge ...
1
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2answers
3k views

Need to change IP address of iSCSI SAN without disruption to service

We are in the process of a network redesign and I am now down to changing the IP address of the Equallogic iSCSI SAN that is in use by our VMware ESX servers. The Equallogic has three active ethernet ...
0
votes
3answers
254 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
1k views

VMware ESX, iSCSI Targets - Redundancy

Greetings Team, I’d like to share a brainstorm with the experts about how to produce a 100% uptime and redundant VMware infrastructure. What I am currently working with is 2 VMware controller ...
11
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6answers
673 views

How to utilize spare workstation drive space for server storage/backup

So, given the fact that you can only get hard drives of about 160GB now for the cheapest price, I find i have a ton of extra drive space on workstations spread throughout my office. I'd like to ...
0
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2answers
1k views

Change ESX Server 3 iSCSI IP Addresses

Moved ESX farm to a different datacenter with a different IP address scheme. Two questions: 1) I've changed the ip address of the service console but when I boot it still says: "You can manage this ...
0
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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
votes
4answers
756 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 ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Help configuring a VMWARE server for software ISCSI

I have an IBM x3650 with the following components: 6 Gb NICs (all connected to an Extreme Networks x450 switch that also houses the ISCSI vlan and the SAN ISCSI connections) I need to configure ...
2
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5answers
2k views

Sync up VMWare Images on backup SAN

I added an additional iSCSI SAN as a backup to our existing ESX Server storage array (homegrown, so no fancy NetApp or EMC software to manage this). Any way to automagically sync up the VM images in ...