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ESXi 4.0 on IBM x3650m2 Datastore Problem

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Hello, I've recently built an IBM x3650m2, with MR10i Raid controller and 5 Disks in a RAID 5.

The Install of ESXi 4.0 U1 went fine, Found the controller and array and installed.. Boots fine. But there are no Datastores? I can see the VMFS Formatted datastore in the partition table, but it doesn't show up in the VMWare client GUI.. If I got to the Shell and do a FDISK, I can see the partition there. If I go to the VMFS/Volumes directory I can also see it. It doesn't seem to have a label that the GUI will present to me.. Any ideas? I am stuck.

Thanks and Happy New Year
-Roger
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by:ryder0707
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What do you see in your config tab > storage?
Can you paste the output of ls -lah /vmfs/volumes
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by:cadancecorp
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Thanks, Please find attached information
ls.txt
fdisk.txt
storageconfig.jpg
storageadapters.jpg
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Click "add storage" & select disk/lun to add, do you see it?
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by:cadancecorp
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Yes, it then shows all the partition information, But it says that all information will be wiped out. I select OK anyway and it throws an error..
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by:ryder0707
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ouch....you are not supposed to that as esxi hypervisor data is inside, that is why i asked u to verify in my 1st post
I think you need to reinstall as you already reformat it
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by:ryder0707
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eh wait, you are using esxi so no problem to format :)
you cant format in esx sorry
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by:ryder0707
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By right after you installed esxi, it will create a local datastore for you, not sure why yours isn't
But it is actually fine not to have any datastore in esxi, but this is silly
Sorry for the confusion i think i drink too much for the new year :)
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by:cadancecorp
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Correct, it looks like its created via the FDISK partition table, but no label has been assigned therfor you cannnot see it in infratstructure client.. Is there a way to label a datastore via the command line?
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yes you can reformat using vmkfstools
fdisk -l to find the correct vmhba

then vmkfstools -C vmfs3 -b 8M -S datastore_name /dev/disks/mpx.vmbhaX\:CX\:TX\LX\:X
where X is the no as shown in fdisk -l
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Dont forget to "refresh" the storage once you've formatted it
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That seemed to do it.. Forwhatever reason the esxi install did not complete that step..
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