Sharing a virtual disk in windows with ESX 3.5
Posted on 2009-05-15
Hey everyone I'm trying to see if its possible to share a virtual disk in ESX 3.5. I've setup a little test. So I have two Windows 2003 Enterprise servers each have a 10gb C drive and work. On lets say server 1 I then setup a 2nd disk and edited the VMX file to say the following below.
disk.locking = "FALSE"
diskLib.dataCacheMaxSize = "0"
scsi1.present = "true"
scsi1.sharedBus = "none"
scsi1.virtualDev = "lsilogic"
scsi1:0.present = "true"
scsi1:0.fileName = "Win2k3SB_1.vmdk"
scsi1:0.mode = "independent-persistent"
scsi1:0.shared = "TRUE"
scsi1:0.redo = ""
scsi1:0.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"
sched.scsi1:0.shares = "normal"
After powering it off I then added the 2nd disk to server 2. They can both use then disk when the other is not on. However is it possible to set it so multiple machines being on at the same time can see a disk.
The reason I'm trying to do this is I have a couple web servers that need to store lots of data. If they could point to the same virtual disk this would save me having to sync drives and using double hdd space.