Installing HP StorageWorks MSA60 Dual Domain with 12 1TB DP SAS MDL HDD 12TB Bundle on VMWARE ESX 3.5 Server

Posted on 2010-09-14
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

We have HP DL 580 G4 Server with 1.6TB inbuilt space running VMWARE ESX 3.5 on it. Since we are running short on space so we are planning to attach an Additional DSA (HP StorageWorks MSA60 Dual Domain with 12 1TB DP SAS MDL HDD 12TB Bundle ).

Since This is the first time we are going to install a DSA to our environment so before that i would like to have a proper understanding and Documnets to configure it properly. Can you pls. let me know the proper Step by step procedure to installl and configure it.

Existing 1.6TB space is divided like.
1. RAID 1 For OS
2. RAID5 For Data

Now we want to use this DAS as a third Datastore which we will be using as a Datastore in the Virtual Intrastructure to store the data.

Pls. let me know if you need more details on this.

Question by:stylalit
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ID: 33674955
Just plug the P800 into a PCIe slot, connect the MSA60 with both cables to the two external connectors of the MSA and scan for new storage with VMware, it's just like adding additional internal drives, VMware doesn't know the disks are not inside the server. You haven't got any driver issues as it's the same driver for your internal P400i controller.

Oh, could you do an experiment for me, only take a minute or two. Does the error LED on the back come on on both controllers if you disconnect one of the SAS cables?

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ID: 33744466

Well the Solutions which you have given here is the next step once the New SCSI and Storage is configured in Server. Well i believe that Initially the Storage to be scanned with HDDs inside SCSI BIOS and make and RAID here once the RAID level is built here then booting the server and through VC we can search for Additional Storage and Add there.

Can you pls. let me know how to configure the Storage and SCSI card  first in server and then in the Virtual Centre.
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andyalder earned 500 total points
ID: 33744855
You'll have to configure it with the Array Configuration utility, easiest way to do that is to boot from SmartStart CD. You can't have logical disks greater than 2TB in VMware, so you'll have to create several seperate logical disks although they can all be on the same set of disks one after the other. I'd use RAID 10 since you've got slow near-line disks.
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Author Comment

ID: 33745152
Can i go to ACU using F8 key while Post. and scan the new Storage disk and create the Array.Don't i need to configure this new SCSI Card, will it pick the driver automatically? As i told we already have two RAIDs 1,5 configured in this server and additionaly one external Tape Drive is also connected through SCSI card. Since i have 12TB MSA so do you mean i need to create 6 Datastores which will be be later seen seperately inside VC Datastores by adding them manually.

once i create the Array here. how will i add it to the Virtual Centre to see as a Datastore  similar as other existing Datastore i see there and use them for creating OS and Data partitions?
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Expert Comment

ID: 33745435
Yes, you'll need to create 6 datastores, you can't configure the array through BIOS (ORCA) as that isn't flexible enough to slice an array into sub 2TB lumps.

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ID: 34732160
It was partial advice but helpful, remaining things were solved as it appeared

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