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hi

im fairly new to storage and was wondering if someone could provide me answers please

1. when you go into /vmfs/volumes and do an ls  i get the lun names e.g. lun1, lun2 etc and then i also get numbers like 4db34dgfs and a lot more digits etc. what are these? are they vml's from the luns to the actual volumes they see?

2. if i do a hexdump -c on a vmfs volume - what is this magic number i hear people on about and what does it mean ?//
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the 4e787d23-510cff25-2b5a-984be106c904 is the actually datastore (GUUID), which is linked to the friendly name you have also provided the datastore.

if you do a ls - al , you will see the symlinks.
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e.g.

lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     root                 35 Sep 29 17:45 iSCSI-lun1 -> 4e79251f-de887b6c-f3e5-984be108a569
lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     root                 35 Sep 29 17:45 iSCSI-lun2 -> 4e7b4ff6-78633f91-9737-984be106c904
lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     root                 35 Sep 29 17:45 iSCSI-lun3 -> 4e82209c-7fa9e707-3ed6-984be106c904
lrwxr-xr-x    1 root     root                 17 Sep 29 17:45 nfs -> 892c4679-1a95feb0
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you should also be able to access the contents of the datastore using the friendly name you have given the datastore or the datastore GUUID

by using

e.g.
cd "4e79251f-de887b6c-f3e5-984be108a569"

or

cd" iSCSI-lun1"
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as for 2. if i do a hexdump -c on a vmfs volume - what is this magic number i hear people on about and what does it mean ?//

you'll need to expand?
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maybe you are referring to Partition Alignment or Offset?

in what context have you seen the hexdump used?
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thanks for that = what i mean is if i do a hexdump of a lun how can i tell if its a vmfs partition ?
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and also how do i find the links between /dev/sda / b /c etc to the guuid and friendlly name ?
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you would use fdisk and check for the partition type of fb to indetify if the LUN was VMFS.

/dev/sda are Linux terms

use

esxcfg-mpath -l
fdisk -lu

and you will see the relationship between hba, storage paths, device names, runtime names
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thanks
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No problems
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very fast response and excellent knowledge
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