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Hi,

I am using a HP Server running VMWare ESXi 5.0.0 with some local storage and also using a ReadyNAS NVX for iSCSI storage. The local storage contains all the vm's OS disks (currently 4 VMs) and the iSCSI will be used for secondary disks in the VMs (for file storage etc)

When we create a second disk located in the iscsi datastore to a virtual machine (powered on or off) and then login to the vm it asks if you want to initialize the disk and gives you the option to choose MBR or GPT. When we click ok the machine stops responding and the only option is to restart the VMware ESXi host to recover. This happens if MBR or GPT are chosen. I have outlined our setup below and troubleshooting steps we have already tried.

HP ML350 G6 Server with local SAS storage for the Virtual Machines OS
Netgear ReadyNAS NVX (firmware 4.2.19) - this has been factory reset
Dedicated nic directly connected between the ML350 and ReadyNAS
Server is running VMware ESXi, 5.0.0, 504890 (with iSCSI software patch)
Jumbo frames has been enabled on ReadyNAS, MTU has been set at 9000 in vmware for vSwitch and VMkernel Port
iSCSI Port Binding enabled in VMware
Static Discovery mode configured on iSCSI Initiator
I have created 2 luns and formatted one as VMFS 3 and one as VMFS5 problem exists with both.
Problem exists on 2 VMs one Version 7 and one Version 8
I have created 50-100GB disk to test.

Troubleshooting
Tried looped through switch
Set MTU to 1500
With and without CHAP and Access Control IQN on readynas

vmkping -s 8784 10.0.0.2 -d
PING 10.0.0.2 (10.0.0.2): 8784 data bytes
8792 bytes from 10.0.0.2: icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.452 ms
8792 bytes from 10.0.0.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.444 ms
8792 bytes from 10.0.0.2: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.541 ms



Any help is greatly appreciated as I'm running out of ideas!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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A quick update the ReadyNAS NVX does not APPEAR on the VMware HCL for ESXi 5.0.

only 4.1 U2

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=san
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You may want to contact Netgear and VMware for confirmation, new firmware.

otherwise you could be wasting time.
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Hi,

Thanks for the quick response, I have read through your articles, we are not using multipathing or teaming but essentially the setup is the same.
I'm not using the Microsoft iSCSI intiator as I've created a datastore on the LUN and then added a virtual disk to the VM stored in the datastore.

HCL could unfortunatly be the answer, it was working fine with 4.1 U1

Thanks,

Ian
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From the Readynas.com forums
For ESXi 5 if using iSCSI you will need RAIDiator 4.2.20 or later. RAIDiator 4.2.20 is currently in beta
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Again, it's not currently certfied for use with ESXi 5.0, missing from the HCL.

I would suggest upgrading at your risk.
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I think we'll roll back to 4.1 and wait. At least we hadn't upgraded the VM Versions for our servers.

Thanks for your help
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