Add Storage in to VM

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Hello,

Here's an easy one for all the EE experts here.

I'm about to set up a 2008 R2 server and I would like to set it up as a VM... however I'm going to have to add an external Raid for some additional storage.

Say my RAID already had data on it and I just want to add this to an existing VM... how would I do that (will be using a Fibre card).  I need to have the option to move this 20TB raid to any machine (VM or not) and be able to access this data.  I should also mention that I'm going to have to create this on the 2008 VM for the time being, but need the option of moving this Raid from one machine to the next.

Thanks for your assistance and looking forward to your reply!

Cheers!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
There's a small issue here because 20TB is too large for VMware vSphere to handle.

The maximum size of virtual disk for a VM in VMware vSphere is 2TB-512bytes.

Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 4.1
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_config_max.pdf

Other options would be to present this data to a VM using Microsoft iSCSI initiator.

If you were using VMDirect Path, you could maybe use the Fibre Card in the VM, but I'm still not certain this would work.

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Awkward setup, I would suggest putting a SAN!

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Hello, I wasn't aware that this this was to large for this to handle.  I'm afraid that a SAN isn't going to be possible in this case... so just looking for some additional solutions.

I may look at the Microsoft iSCSI initiator... I haven't used this before.  Is this difficult to set up?
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Microsoft iSCSI initiator easy, Enable, add IP address of IP SAN, disks appear. Done.

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Ok, cool.

Thank you.  I'll see how things go over the next few days.

Thank you very much!
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

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You need to be sure that your external RAID supports iSCSI. It would need to connect via Ethernet, not Fibre Channel.

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I'm sure it does... but will have to check over the next while.

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If the question was helpful, which I assume it was by your comment of

"Ok, cool.

Thank you.  I'll see how things go over the next few days.

Thank you very much!"

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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications Specialist

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Question may no longer be needed by you but it was answered properly.

This much information would have taken you several hours to find.
Points need to be given.

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