iSCSI within VMWare to a Dell EqualLogic
Posted on 2011-04-29
I have found that VMWare 4.1 Update 1 still has limitations regarding LUN sizes it can import into it's datastore, limits of 2TB per LUN. With ~6TB of direct attached RAID, I was able to split the RAID up in my Dell PERC 5/I to ~2TB each, and then import those virtual disks into VMWare at 2TB each.
Once I expanded the initial disk/datastore to ~6TB within VMWare, I then found that I was unable to make a virtual disk in VMWare greater than 2TB (with 8MB block sizes).
If I were to bypass VMWare's disk management completely, and use a host-based iSCSI initiator, such as Windows Server 2008 R2's iSCSI initiator, to connect to a Dell EqualLogic PS4000(E,X,XV) storage unit, would there be any limitations with regards to the size of the LUN I could export?