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Hi, I have an IBM 3650 M3, I installed VMware ESXi 4.1 upd1, but I can not see correctly the disks array.

 I have 8 discs 1 TB SAS connected to the ServeRAID M5015 controller, with 7 drives in RAID5 + 1 hot spare. So I have a logical unit of about 6.5 Tb.

 After install ESXi, I see one Datastore of 1.45 Tb, and if I try to add another datastore does not see any other disk present.
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The maximum size of a VMFS-3 datastore that can be presented to ESXi 4.1 is 2TB-512bytes as per the following document

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

Carve up your array into smaller units below  2TB-512bytes
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 250 total points
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The 6.5 Tb Array is too large, create smaller logical units, below 2TB-512  bytes.

So using the sample above, you would have three datastores available to ESXi.
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The IBM controller tells the O/S & BIOS what it will present to your software. VMWARE can't deal with a logical drive > 2TB (well actually 0xffffffff blocks which is closer to 2.09TB).  This is a hard limit.  You need to tell the RAID controller to present target devices (NOT SLICED PARTITIONS, BUT UNIQUE TARGET DISKS) no greater than 2TB.  So if that means building 4 x 1TB RAID1 LUNs, then so be it.

You will be much better off anyway, because the way you have it now ... every disk gets involved in every I/O because all disks are creating the same logical device that is then sliced up by the software, and then recombined.

Break up the RAID and you will be OK from both performance and operational perspective.
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If you install ESXi 5.0, VMFS-5 the limit has been increased to 60 TB.

VMFS-5 Enhancements

Unified 1MB File Block Size. Previous versions of VMFS used 1,2,4 or 8MB file blocks. These larger blocks were needed to create large files (>256GB). These large blocks are no longer needed for large files on VMFS-5. Very large files can now be created on VMFS-5 using 1MB file blocks.
   
Large Single Extent Volumes. In previous versions of VMFS, the largest single extent was 2TB. With VMFS-5, this limit has been increased to ~ 60TB.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2011/07/new-vsphere-50-storage-features-part-1-vmfs-5.html

So either change the Storage or install ESXi 5.0.
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Note that under ESX 4.x, the two TB limit is the maximum size of an *extent*, not a datastore.  Datastores can be made up of more than one extent, so e.g. three 2TB extents can be combined to make a 6TB datastore.

But I agree with hanccocka: use ESXi 5.0 if you can, i.e. if you won't get hosed by the different licensing model.

--klodefactor
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how do you explain this:?

 DataStore
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what does that show?

what version of ESX?

how has the host bus adaptor/datastore been configured?
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that is a datastore over the 2 Tb limit, i have other server (ver.3.5) configured by someone else with a datastore over the 2 Tb.

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yes, there is no harm, in presenting 2TB-512byte datastores, and then using extents to expand/create one large datastore.

Extents are not usually recommended, unless you really need to use a large datastore.
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Thanks you all
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