Unable to create new partition on SAN
Posted on 2008-11-04
I have recently blown away my SAN recently and am busy now creating new virtual disks for ESX to use. My SAN is a Dell MD3000i with 30 x 400GB SAS disks. I have assigned 8 of the physical disks into a RAID 5 group for use by an ESX cluster. I am able to mount and format LUN 0 successfully but I cannot get LUN 2 to format no matter what I try. I have looked at a bunch of posts around the new related to this issue and they all talk about using fdisk which doesn't work for me.
This is where I am at right now.
ESX can see all the LUN's on the SAN as per the output below
Disk vmhba0:0:0 /dev/sda (69376MB) has 1 paths and policy of Fixed
Local 2:14.0 vmhba0:0:0 On active preferred
Enclosure vmhba0:264:0 (0MB) has 1 paths and policy of Fixed
Local 2:14.0 vmhba0:264:0 On active preferred
Disk vmhba40:0:0 /dev/sdb (512000MB) has 1 paths and policy of Fixed
iScsi sw iqn.1998-01.com.vmware:mbtkyesx003-5e8e60e7<->iqn.1984-05.com.dell:powervault.6001e4f0003e0b4c0000000047fdc353 vmhba40:0:0 On active preferred
Disk vmhba40:0:2 (512000MB) has 1 paths and policy of Fixed
iScsi sw iqn.1998-01.com.vmware:mbtkyesx003-5e8e60e7<->iqn.1984-05.com.dell:powervault.6001e4f0003e0b4c0000000047fdc353 vmhba40:0:2 On active preferred
Doing a "fdisk -l" does not show up anything related to the new non-accessible LUN
I can mount vmhba40:0:2:0 on a windows machine, format it and use it without any issues.
This is the output from /vmfs/devices/disks
ls: vml.02000200006001e4f0003e139200001fac4910c89f4d4433303030: No such file or directory
How can I get fdisk to create a partition on the new LUN when it won't even see it?
I did see a post elsewhere that talked about a reprovisioned HP SAN having similar issues due to NTFS data being left behind and I tried everything in that post to no avail.
Please help if you can!