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How to create a ZFS NAS with Solaris Express 11 (as a vm in ESXi 5)

I am seeking to create a NAS as a VM to stripe 6 x 1tb drives into a fast array. I then want to use iSCSI to make that array available to ESXi to put other VMs on.

I am told that Solaris Express 11 is a great platform to create a NAS on, but I am really struggling with it. Certainly it does not even seem to have the Webconsole described in various tutorials (http://ip:6789)

I tried to use the add on at napp-it.com but that script just times out. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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if the script is timing out, your networking is not valid, or its not connecting to the internet.

can you confirm, that you have valid networking, can you run traceroute successfully to the destination which times out?
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Does your Host ESXi server support PCI Passthrough? you will need this later?

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Networking is ok. The address resolves to 42.0.17.88 and it then times out trying to reach port 80.
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where does that IP address come from?

www.napp-it.org resolves to 80.67.28.3, which is where script is downloaded from.

Please confirm if your server hardware supports VMDirectPath?

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No it does not support it. I have had to create VMFS datastores on each disk and then create 900GB disks on each datastore, then present those to the VM for striping. I am not sure what kind of performance that will give, but assume it will be better than just spanning a single datastore across all the discs.
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We have no issues here running

wget -O - www.napp-it.org/nappit

ping www.napp-it.org

Pinging www.napp-it.org [80.67.28.3] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 80.67.28.3: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=49
Reply from 80.67.28.3: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=49
Reply from 80.67.28.3: bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=49
Reply from 80.67.28.3: bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=49

Ping statistics for 80.67.28.3:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 53ms, Maximum = 54ms, Average = 53ms
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To be honest, if your server does not support VMDirectPATH performance will be poor, and not as expected.

It will be better, than Expanding datastore.

You would be better off purchasing a SAS3081E-R or other LSI RAID card, with 8 SAS support from eBay.

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I could not get this working and gave up in the end. I am waiting for a bug with FreeNAS to be resolved and will probably use that.

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I gave up on my original idea but this comment gave me some good info and I will probably purchase a RAID card.

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