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I have Dell PowerEdge Server R710 on which I installed ESXi. I also have a storage array, Dell EqulLogic PS4100. I would like to use my array as the storage only, I mean, using ESXi with vCenter Client I would like to create some virtual machines on my storage.

My question is: should I install some OS on my Dell EqualLogic? Or I can simply treat it as a regular HDD, and create VMFS on it? Im a little bit confused with all this, please, help.

Does EqualLogic need some setup and configuration or can I just use it out of the box? How can I configure EqalLogic IP addres in order to be able to use it via the net?

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    You need to hire someone with storage experience. ASAP. How do you even get a $10k piece of hardware like your PS4100 without knowing the basic fundamentals of hashtag you've purchased? Download the manual and read it at a bare minimum before you do something crazy. – MDMarra Feb 2 '14 at 13:21
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    You should speak to someone about getting some education in respect of the tools you are trying to use - you desperately need it. – Iain Feb 2 '14 at 13:26
  • Side note: somehow "what" was autocorrected to "hashtag" and I didn't catch it until the edit window passed...so that's cool. – MDMarra Feb 2 '14 at 13:27
  • I would be carefull about 10k USD ;) I checked dell and do not find a 4100 - just followup models. That may be a MUCH cheaper "one or two generations out" models puchased on ebay ;) Not a bad avenue, but puts the money into relations. – TomTom Feb 2 '14 at 13:35
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Do you know sherlock holmes? Read them. One lesson: Eliminate the impossible, then the rest makes sense.

My question is: should I install some OS on my Dell EqualLogic?

And what exactly do you think you would install on hardware that has firmware that is a dedicated storage array, as also said in the documentation.

Accoring to Dell it is a storage array. Not a normal computer. You also do not get the idea of installing a operating system on your cisco routers, or?

Does EqualLogic need some setup and configuration or can I just use it out of the box?

Read the documentation first. Helps tons - and makes sure we professionals do not close questions as "lacking basic understanding of the technologies involved".

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