lefthand virtual storage appliance

Ok, new to vmware playing around with vcentre and two esx 3.5 hosts. don't have a san but came across an ovf for lefthand san virtualisation. it seems to mimic a san.loaded it onto one esx 3.5. and used hp lefthand networks centralized management console to connect to it. When I go to storage tab it says raid status off, when i try configure a virutal raid i get error (setting the raid configuration failed because one or more of the required disks are not present or are not powered up"
Am I missing something or going about this all wrong!
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jakethecatukCommented:
ummm...think you might be missing the backend SAN hardware to use it

Check out the Lefthand guide - http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01729139/c01729139.pdf

If you want iSCSI as a virtual machine to experiment with, look at openfiler.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
ok open filer seems to be the way to go. So I understand this correctly. I have an esx host with a vm of windows 2003 on a raid 5 array. I can then install open filer on another vm on the same host. I can configure windows 2003 to in some way see the openfiler vm as a san? Thanks!
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jakethecatukCommented:
Exactly.  Openfiler is a nice product and does what it says on the tin.

However, I know there are issues around using Openfiler iSCSI with Windows if you are going to have a Windows cluster (if you're not clustering, then no problems what so ever).

Would also suggest you set yourself up a new vSwtich (without any NIC's) for the SAN network.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
ok I have questions on the openfiler setup but think i will open another ticket for this. thanks for your help
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jakethecatukCommented:
no problems...I'll look out for the Openfiler questions
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