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Want to attach my NAS to VMware ESX 4.1 HOST via nfs to serve VMguest already on NAS.

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HP 585g5 with 2native and a Quad Gigabit Networking card. I have a private Development testing network where the HP 585g5 is 192.186.10 network. I have a NAS device that supports jumbo frames as well as it currently holds all of my VMimages that I plan to NFS mount to the ESX Host (585g5) that 192.168.13 network. Its a direct connect from the LAN port of the NAS to the 585g5.

Question: How do I set up my NAS via nfs mounting to the ESX host, then utilize my NAS as a datastore where my vmguest already live. VMware vSphere Client fails with a Call "HostDatastoreSystem.CreatNasDatastore" for object "ha-datastoresystem" on ESX "192.168.10.xxx"failed.


Basically we've upgraded from VMware Workstation 7.1 on the 585g5 to VMware ESX 4.1      For modularity, we've kept our VMguest on the Thecus NAS device b/c it's space and support of NFS Jumbo Frames.
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See http://www.vladan.fr/enable-jumbo-frames-in-esxi-4/ for how to enable jumbo frames on your ESX host.

You might check http://thecususergroup.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=n5200installations&action=display&thread=2077 for some tips on presenting the LUNs for ESX. The thread is for 3.5 but contains good information and should work fine for 4.1. (I haven't used Thecus myself)

Once all that is done you should be able to go to configuration, storage, add storage, nfs and follow the wizard to add your storage.

Good Luck

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We abandoned VMware for the time being, and are just now spinning it back up.
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