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MS Cluster hosted in ESXI3.5 local disk Move to ESX 4.1 with EVA 8100 FC SAN Backend

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Hi EE community

We have a MS SQL05 2 node cluster in an ESXI 3.5 Host running on a DL380 G5 hardware with about 1TB of local disk. All cluster Data and Quorum Disks are sitting inside their own individual VMDK's and not RDM mappings. I've included a screen shot of the current configuration.

We now have a enterprise licensed 7 host ESXi 4.1U1 clustered environment operating on a 200TB HP EVA 8100 with FC back-end.

We need to move the 2 node MS cluster into the 4.1U1 ESX/SAN environment. We've been reading through the following article for points of references for us.

http://vmzare.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/vmware-raw-device-mappingrdm/

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002661

What I'm asking is if anyone else has experiences with this type of migration and if so what caveats have you come across? Advice? suggestion? etc....

Thank EE community

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I don't have any experience with this... but I would recommend you familiarize yourself with the guide at: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_mscs.pdf to make sure that you meet all of the requirements
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Reviewing the document that danm66 noted is likely the best place to start. You may want to build a new cluster to test and gain practice before you move it.  My other suggestion might be to build a new cluster with SQL and migrate the databases.  I would do this if your currently running Windows 2003 / SQL 2005 and are ready to move to Windows 2008/SQL 2008.
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We ended up having to call VMWARE support as I believed we had discovered a bug in 3.5 and after 9 hours the bug was confirmed. It ended up being a really really long process by which we had to share a new data store with both the 3.5 and 4.1 box, convert into the 4.1 data store then from the 4.1 box convert to rdm.
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