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VMware vSphere 4 - Datastore:

Need help guys,

I'll keep it simple, I have (x2) HP ProLiant DL360 G5 both running ESXi 4.0. How can I enable the internal drives to show on both systems as a datastore share? The first server cannot see the second server's datastore! Any easy solution?

Each Server has ESXI installed along with an 'HP Serial Attached SCSI Disk' internally!

I cannot add storage via the 'Disk/LUN or NFS' as the disks are internal within each ESXI system

Kind regards,
Michael
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
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We use a central ISCSI SAN solution. Then all of our ESX servers use that as datastore. The actual servers only have to worry about network, cpu and memory loads, not disk space. Plus with vcenter (and appropriate licencing) you can have the vm's move from one server to another (sometimes without powering down) if one server is under more load than the other. (v-Motion, High availablility and Fault Tolerance).

Also if you run Vcenter, you can add both of your ESX (or ESXi) servers into it and manage both from one console. Very convienient.
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coolsport00

Correct...any SAN is the only way to have shared storage across multiple hosts, but to answer the question in this post, there isn't a way to make local storage in 1 host, be 'seen' in a 2nd host.

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Matt Coughlin

Correct, just offering alternatives...
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