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I have an HP DL380 G4 hooked to two MSA20 NAS boxes.  I am running three Windows 2008 VM's on the server on ESXi.  The problem I seem to have is getting the VM's to see the MSA's.  I figured VMWare should be able to see the 6400 cards in the box, but I can't seem to get it to work.  I tried adding a SCSI connection in the vSphere client but it won't let me add anything and if I try to build a new VM with a physical SCSI connector it fails to start.  My money is that this is a simple fix and I am just overlooking it.

Common VMWare guru's help me out please.  
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by:ianmellor
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Hi,

How are you configuring your ISCSI connection? Are you opening the firewall on the ESXi host. Do you have a VMKernel network configured. Is your ISCSI network a vlan or a physical seprate network?

Cheers,
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coolsport00 earned 500 total points
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Your VMs won't see the MSA storage, only the ESXi host. We have a MSA connected to our host at our DR site and the ESX host only has access to the storage, not the VMs. How you get the storage to be 'seen' by the VMs is create volumes within your MSA (RAIDs), then add them as datastores. You then create volumes/virtual disks within the VM's -> Edit Settings area off of the datastores you created via the RAIDs on your MSA.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:219com
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coolsport00:

thanks man, I got the vSphere Client to connect to the MSA as two new datastores, how do I connect the host to that datastore as a different drive, I don't want to replace the standard datastore with a new one, I want to use the new datastore as an archive storage drive.
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Sweet, worked like a charm, thanks
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