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which free SAN can be downloaded to use in VMware lab.
is it Starwinds or Openfiler?

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Openfiler is free, you can pay for support.
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OpenFiler is your friend!
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If you are interested in others there is also FreeNAS which is opensource and free. (supports iSCSI)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/
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by:jskfan
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I downloaded starwinds it didn't let me connect to my host, I am gonna use Openfiler.

I have a windows 2008,ESX1,ESX2 all installed in VM Workstation
where should I install openfiler, I guess in w2008. correct?
 
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You can create a new vm for it and assign is a nice big disk...
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Sorry, just to clarify, Openfiler is a complete OS thats why you need to install into it's own Virtual Machine. It's not something you can install on top of win2008.
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Download openfiler from VMware's website........There is a ready made appliance for you;

http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/344
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That one is an older beta release, try get the vmware appliance from here instead. http://sourceforge.net/projects/openfiler/files/
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Best one I've used is the Celerra UBER VSA v3 - it is a complete virtual machine that runs on either ESX or Workstation and completely emulates an EMC Celerra SAN environment. It's great for practicing with iSCSI or NFS configurations - default username password is nasadmin/nasadmin:

download: http://nickapedia.com/2010/09/12/ubertastic-celerra-uber-vsa-v3-unisphere/

walkthrough: http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2008/08/celerra-virtual.html

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for Celera, is it going to be imported as an appliance?
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It's actually a full virtual machine - for my VMware lab (setup using workstation) I just downloaded the workstation file and then opened it directly. If you are going to run the simulator in ESX then you import it as a virtual appliance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN00pC62YFI&feature=player_embedded
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after download and extract I got a vmdk file :Uberdisk-cl2.vmdk  about 6GB

in vmware console what I am gonna do to use a storage?
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you have to customize the celerra configuration and then boot it. Once it's booted you will be able to access it via the ip address you configured in a web gui - it will provision whatever storage amount you allow in the virtual machine settings.

Please follow the walkthrough in my first post, it will take you through all the steps including how to add iSCSI and NFS storage to your vSphere environment.
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For lab assuming temporary you can also use LeftHand VSA, http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storage/software/vsa/trial/index.html
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on the video it shows how to add an appliance, and the path to the extracted file .ovf
But when I extracted the files the only file I got was .vmdk, vmxf file, the vm configuration, the vm  bios, the vm metadata

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http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/344
I don't see the download button there
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I gues I can see it now
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Startwind looks like is working now.
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thanks
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