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Limiting - IOPS in VMware causing servers to run VERY slow

I have servers running a few different iSCSI SAN units. I was trying to balance IO requests to the datastores, so I started changing the "Limit - IOPS" on my servers from unlimited to 100-400 ...
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2answers
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ESXi boot time with 9 iSCSI targets

Our ESXi hosts have always been slow booting when it came to iscsi_vmk loaded successfully - sitting here for almost 5 minutes. In all a full server reboot takes almost 12 minutes. We have 9 iSCSI ...
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0answers
71 views

HP LeftHand StoreVirtual VSA host affinity

I am testing the HP LeftHand StoreVirtual VSA for ESXi 5.x (a 3 nodes setup, hosting the VMs in the same hosts that have the VSA appliances). Is there a way to define some sort of 'ESXi host to VSA ...
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1answer
212 views

ESXi 5x: Changing number of IOPS per path sees dramatic improvements

I'm a bit embarrassed that I've never seen or used the -iops parameter as part of the esxcli deviceconfig options. I stumbled upon an article and proceeded to benchmark before and after using various ...
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0answers
43 views

SANHQ iSCSI network access

Trying to setup and configure SANHQ on a virtual server. Network I have patched 1 vmnic from each ESXi host into the iSCSI switch and configured the switch ports to access the same vlan as the san. ...
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484 views

Dell Compellent SAN with ESXi 5.1 iSCSI

I have a Compellent SAN that I am trying to point to my ESXi server through iSCSI. In the Compellent UI: i've created a volume. It, of course, says the volume is offline until you map it to a server. ...
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1answer
313 views

P2000 G3 for VMware - one vDisk, Multiple RAID levels?

I have a dual controller P2000 G3 (SAS 6GB) hooked up to 3 ESXi hosts. There are 12x 600GB 15k rpm drives total, and I have set them up in 1 RAID10 vDisk to maximize performance+reliability. The ...
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4answers
689 views

iSCSI SAN for vCenter Cluster

I'm looking to setup a SAN for a VMWare vCenter cluster of ESX hosts. I'd like it to be the primary storage device for VMs. There will be up to 10 hosts in the cluster eventually. I'm creating a ...
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1answer
233 views

Benefits of SR-IOV when most communications are between guest VMs

I am about to buy a new server to run VWware ESXi (Dell T320 w/25GB + RAID10). It will mainly be running a Linux host running web applications and a Windows file/database server. I plan to use AWS ...
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2answers
2k views

What does this mean: “SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration”?

Can anyone tell me what this means in ESXi 5.1?: SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration I've googled it and I get a lot of results, but as yet all the pages that contain the ...
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2answers
604 views

links between switches for iSCSI

We inherited a SAN/vmWare/iSCSI setup with both Dell and HP equipment purchased for it, but not fully setup, and we need to get some additional switches to make it all work. But we're getting ...
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1answer
2k views

How do physical disks passed through ESXi perform vs. passing through HBAs?

Context: I have a SAN operating system (Nexenta) that runs on ESXi. It has a couple of HBAs passed through to it already, via VT-d. All of the HBAs for the SAN OS are full (no free connectors). I ...
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1answer
2k views

vSphere 5/Dell MD3000i multipathing configuration clarification

Revisiting an older vSphere setup with two Dell 1950s, 4 NICs per host: esxi1 and esxi2 for simplicity sake. SAN is a Dell MD3000i, two controllers, two NICs per controller: rc00 and rc01; rc10 ...
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1answer
309 views

virtual san appliance in esxi? why?

I am looking at different SAN solutions (Starwind, Lefthand, OpenFiler, OpenSolaris, etc.) for my small office and I understand that there are many virtual SAN appliance (VSA) solutions which can be ...
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1answer
1k views

Esxi with iSCSI SAN slows down with many multiple VMs running

I have a server with ESXi 5 and iSCSI attached network storage(4x1Tb Raid-Z on freenas). Those two machines are connected to each other with Gigabit ethernet, and a procurve switch in between. After ...
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5answers
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Would using SAS disks instead of SATA disks make sense over NFS for a VMWare datastore?

We are deciding whether to use SATA or SAS aggregates on our Filer for our VMWare datastore. We will be using NFS to connect the VMWare hosts to storage. Doesn't seem to make sense to use SAS disks ...
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3answers
205 views

Infrastructure Storage Recommendations: Backing up a SAN with VMs [closed]

We are going to be moving our current physical server infrastructure to a VMware solution with 3 nodes (The Essentials Plus Kit). I need recommendations for storage. From what I've read, an iSCSI SAN ...
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1answer
150 views

Connecting a Hypervisor to a SAN [closed]

This is a hypothetical scenario for my college project. I am wondering what way to physically connect a VMWare ESXi 5 server to a SAN server. In my scenario both computers have gigabit NIC's using ...
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2answers
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How to check fiber connectivity in ESXi 5.0?

On a VMware ESXi 5.0 host, how can I check if fiber storage adapters are properly connected to the fiber switch/SAN, i.e. if the fiber link is up?
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2answers
566 views

RAID10 volume write latency on Windows on ESXi 5

I have a VMware ESXi 5 environment running on Fujitsu BX922S2 blade servers, connecting to a Fujitsu DX90 SAN. I've had no problem with RAID5 volumes, but RAID10 volumes (for MSSQL) are exhibiting ...
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1answer
1k views

Data Store/Volume disconnecting. How to resume copy of VMDK?

I'm having an issue with my ESXi 4.1 hosts losing the datastore with FC SAN after a power outage. All 3 hosts disconnect so it's definitely a SAN issue. I've tried to resolve the issue on the SAN side ...
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6answers
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VMware VMFS5 and LUN sizing - multiple smaller datastores, or 1 big datastore?

With VMFS5 no longer having the 2TB limit for a VMFS volume, I'm considering which scenario would be more beneficial overall:- Less LUNs of larger size, or More LUNs of smaller size. In my case, I ...
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3answers
536 views

SAN Distro with iSCSI and software RAID 5 [closed]

Im looking for an OS, to install on a server, which has 4x 1Tb disks. Id like to couple those disks as an RAID-5 array, and share it over iSCSI to VMWare ESXi 5. Im not sure if this exists... I have ...
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2answers
1k views

Gracefully Shutdown an Equalogic SAN

Like many others I have jumped on the VMware bandwagon. We are hosting all of our data on an Equalogic SAN and need a "gracefull" way to shut down the VMs and the SAN if the battery backups reach a ...
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2answers
1k views

HP LeftHand vs VMware VSA

I am trying to compare VMware's new VSA with the HP LeftHand VSA. Both products allow you to run the SAN node as a VM. Reading VMware's documentation I get the impression that VMs on the same host ...
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2answers
345 views

Fiber Channel SAN hooked up to 2 ESXi Hosts

I have a PowerVault with 4 FC modules at 8gb/s. I don't want to jack the SAN into our 10/100/1000 switch because of the max 1gb/s speed. My question is can I jack both ESXi host's FC into the SAN's ...
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1answer
3k views

EqualLogic vs. PowerVault [closed]

Alright, looking at SAN options. We have a vendor we're working with, and they're obviously pushing EqualLogic hard. They just released the 4100 series which is a bit nicer, and they're trying to get ...
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1answer
180 views

ESX Server not seeing ISCSI Device for connection to HP Lefthand SAN Array

I have an ESX server array that I had connected to four HP SAN boxes. Unfortunately, HP only sent me three certificates (and I lost track) so it was running with only 3 of the 4 boxes cert'ed. I have ...
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3answers
1k views

DAS or NAS for VMware?

I am going to be implmenting a VMware vSphere 4 setup in our company. At first I had the plans of using a Netgear ReadyNAS business applicance for VM storage via iSCSI. But as I was looking around for ...
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3answers
1k views

To LAG or not LAG?

I have a new ex4200 switch stack, my 3 esxi hyper-visors connect to the SAN via vlan 200 which is EST. I have loaded the Equallogic multipathing plugins. When I have the 4 cables per server dedicated ...
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3answers
794 views

Design Critique Needed ( VLAN & ESXi )

So this is my new "project" which consists of tearing down our legacy network and re-doing it correctly. As of now it is a mess. Production is a hogpoge of legacy servers that should have been put to ...
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4answers
949 views

Using a server as an iSCSI SAN for VMWare?

I've currently got 3 ESXi servers (free version), using direct attached storage. I want to move to shared storage, because direct storage is very limiting. There are about a dozen VMs, most are fairly ...
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1answer
726 views

Would FreeNAS with RAID-6/10/50 work well with VMWare ESXi?

I am considering expanding my single ESXi server set-up with a SAN and another ESXi server, because I am planning to update the Windows Server 2003 virtual machines to Windows Server 2008. The servers ...
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1answer
864 views

Vmware ESXi 4.1 iSCSI MPIO - What is wrong with these steps?

I'm trying to add another vm host to our SAN and I don't have good notes on how I got this working last time. (dumb mistake) I've pieced my steps together from a script I had for our production ...
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1answer
2k views

How to set up FCoE target under Ubuntu?

We have: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS installed MegaRAID controller with 2 virtual RAID10 drives. 2x 10GbE dual port adapters (Supermicro AOC-STGN-I2S aka Intel 82599) We need to make those Megaraid drives ...
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2answers
419 views

How to share a disk to ESX from Windows to ESXi using FCoE?

I have Windows7 and I need to share it's disks to neighbouring ESXi server. I want to use FCoE. How to? Reason for using FCoE: Which storage protocol to use for ESX storage? EDIT: The NICs are ...
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1answer
289 views

Convert EMC AX150 to iSCSI?

I've to an EMC AX150 SAN, with two FC controllers in it. And no existing FC infrastructure. Since the controller cards seem to be modular (you can get 1 or 2 of them), is it possible to obtain iSCSI ...
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782 views

How do I present a very large disk to a windows VM?

Equipment: - EVA 4400 storage system - ESXi 4.1 hosts managed via Virtual Centre - Windows Server 2K3 R2 64bit Enterprise Edition VMs Goal: - Have a very large volume that is used for on-disk ...
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2answers
441 views

VMware vsphere essentials plus network cabling

I'm not sure how many NICs I need to use to have vmotion support with my SAN. See the link for a picture, it's laughably crude. Sketch
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1answer
1k views

Help with proposed iSCSI SAN VMware implementation

We have four (with plans to grow to four more) Dell servers with 6 NICs. They are running VMware ESXi 4.1. We would like to connect all of them to an Openfiler iSCSI SAN via HP ProCurve 1810G ...
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4answers
524 views

SAN over Ethernet

We are looking to move our infrastructure from our office to a COLO. Currently we run a rack-mount white-box server using commodity hardware, and ESXi 4 as the hypervisor to power 9 VM's for internal ...
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1answer
1k views

Utilizing greater than 2 TB unformatted LUN in the local ESXi datastore

I'm about to create a very large file system for Windows Server and client to use (NTFS), by using Openfiler as the iSCSI initiator.[using any other free appliance will also be considered] Can ...
3
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4answers
4k views

SAN choices for two server ESXi 4.0 cluster with vMotion and HA

I'm planning to move two separate vmware ESXi 4.0 hosts into a cluster to use the vMotion and HA capabilities of ESXi (essentials plus). Right now we have a dev vm host and a production vm host and ...
3
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2answers
4k views

ESXi Accessing LUNs: Physical or Virtual Mode?

I'm building VMs in my lab and I want to replicate the situation that my fileservers will be encountering in production. Here's a brief overview of what I want to do. I have multiple ESXi 4 servers. ...
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3answers
213 views

HP server delayed boot

I'm currently using HP Proliant DL120 G5 servers running VMWare ESXi 4 to run server VM's. They are connecting to an iSCSI SAN for the shared storage. I'd like to implement a delayed boot of these ...
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1answer
248 views

Small Business HP Virtualisation and iSCSI SAN Options

We are a small business that hosts our core product on a number of HP servers. Our core production setup is 1x HP DL380, high powered for a SQL Server Database 1x HP DL360, mid powered for our core ...
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What are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a SAN for a small office virtualization project?

I am in the process of consolidating 6 physical servers running 6 different operating system flavors (don't ask) into two identical physical servers (Dell PowerEdge 2900), using the free VMware ESXi ...
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1answer
995 views

VMWare Raw Device Mapping Not Working

While I'm waiting for VMWare support to get back to me, I thought I'd ask here. I have a 400 gig LUN presented from a fiber channel SAN to my VMWare host. It's legacy from another virtualization ...
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5answers
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Best Practices for virtualizing servers onto the SAN?

Alright, so I want to start leveraging my SAN a little more than I have been, and at the same time, take advantage of ESXi. Currently, I've got an array of Dell PowerEdge 1955 blades connected to a ...
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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, ...