ESXi vSphere Data Storage

Posted on 2011-03-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi there,

I just installed ESXi 4.1 on my laptop (i tried on my server, but network card is not compatible) so in the meantime (until tomorrow) i am testing the software in my laptop.  ESXi installs fine and is accessible.  When configuring the vSphere 4.1 client on remote workstation, the data storage does not appear.  My question is:  can i use the local hard drive (where ESXi is installed) as data storage as well?  The hard drive nor external hard drives that i plug in to the laptop appear on the list of data storage.  I have attempted to re-scan and refresh many times.  I run the command via SSH "fdisk -l" and get nothing. Please advice.
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Yes, you can use the same storage ESXi is installed on, though it's never recommended, mostly because you want to separate the install from your datastore. And yes, you can't connect a USB device to the host (your laptop) and 'see' storage to add. USB is currently only allowed as 'passthrough' functionality to VMs. That is certainly 1 "beef" I have with VMware to this point...lack of USB support. They're starting now, but not as far as they need to be.

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BTW...when logged in with vSphere Client to the host, you should see "datastore1" or "local1" or something like that as datastore. If y ou have a separate disk(s) than what you have ESXi installed on, and it's not showing, it more than likely means that the Controller is not supported. If you look at VMware's HCL, you check to see if your model laptop is supported for the version of ESX/ESXi you have installed:


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Yesterday i was able to see it.  I even selected the data storage and it was working fine.  But i was running the ESXi from a USB.  Today i re-installed the ESXi on the local hard drive, and now i can't see the local hard drive anymore.  Could it be a partition problem?  I was thinking of killing the hard drive using kill disk and start from scratch...
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That was actually going to be my next recommendation...install ESXi on USB so you could have the whole hard drive as storage. That's what I recommend doing if you can. You can try a reinstall to see if that resolves it.


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