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How to configure SANMelody as VM on Virtual Server 2005

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I want trying to run SANmelody storage server in a VM on  MS Virtual Server.
How do I get it to see from the VM Storage Server to the 2 RAID storage
arrays that are down at the Host level so I can add them to pools?

I have
2 NIC cards

Base OS is Windows 2003 Enterprise x64- Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is on this OS
SANmelody on VM is Windows 2003 Enterprise 32bit
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I think you may need to install it from the host.

http://www.datacore.com/products/prod_SANmelody.asp


A VM running on a host cannot see the hosts hardware only what is configured for the VM. Which would be virtual disks - which I do not think you want with SANmelody.

I suggest you can the SANmelody vendor.

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I take back what I said, I just read the following URL , and it seems that they support running this on a VM Guest. I would recommend you read the vendor docs or contact them for support or pre-sales support.

http://www.datacore.com/VMstoragefoundation/

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I am trying to get the details of how to set this VM up to see the 2 raid groups that are at the host level.  The Virtual Server 2005 plays a part in this.  Linked disks for a Virtual Disk type will not work, I already know this.  So , I need to know what to setup on host, Virtual Server 2005, and VM.
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got my own answer

At Virtual Server, the Melody VM has to be shut down.
The Virtual Server product wants to use/see only NTFS formatted disk space, so on your Physical Machine you'll need a formatted drive so you can add disk space to the VM.

Go to Virtual Disk > Create....select Fixed Size Virtual Hard Disk and a new GUI will pop-up.
In the field Virtual Hard Disk file name you can enter something like F:\my_new_disk ..then select the size with the lower window.

You'll be returned to a window that states Pending Actions, and Creating Virtual Hard disk and a completion bar appears.

When its completed, go to Virtual Machine > Configure, and click Hard Disks

Click on Add disk >>

A window pops up asking for information on Virtual Disk 2.

In the field that says "Enter fully qualified path of file:" enter as in previous example F:\my_new_disk

You'll be returned to the VM config screen, and now there are two disks present.

Boot up your VM, and initialize the disk as normal, then you can use it for Melody use.
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