Link to home
Create AccountLog in
Avatar of rleyba828
rleyba828Flag for Australia

asked on

Attaching esata drive to a currently running openfiler setup

Hi Team,

   Not sure which forum to post this on, but I have a currently running openfiler setup....not sure how to check the version from the GUI or command line but it shows Linux openfiler 2.6.26.8-1.0.11.smp.pae.gcc3.4.x86.i686 when i type uname -a on the command line.

   My concern is that this setup is being used as a VM datastore by multiple EXSI hosts and I'm unable to shut it down to add an external drive which is esata.

  I was wondering if I can just directly connect the esata drive and hopefully openfiler will recognize the new drive on the fly and I can create mount points and shares on it?  This way I don't have to reboot the box.

  Thanks for any help.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Avatar of Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
Flag of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland image

Link to home
membership
Create an account to see this answer
Signing up is free. No credit card required.
Create Account
Avatar of rleyba828

ASKER

Hi hanccocka,

   The controller(s) on the server (it's just a re-purposed IBM Thinkstation) is sata, and there are two drives mounted on it at the moment.  So the e-sata on the back of the workstation may be on the same or different controller...not sure.
Hi All,

 I did get the chance to connect the eSATA live...since it was a weekend and there would have be no impact to a stalled sata bus....for some reason, the openfiler OS recognized the new drive immediately /dev/sdc.  It then became a quick step to design the volume groups, volumes  LUN  --> iscsi target mapping, etc.

 It's been 4 days and everything is working...so openfiler may play nicely with eSATA.  However, having said that, I would not recommend a hot plug in a production environment and go by the suggestion of hanccocka to shutdown the gui and do any hardware connects/disconnects while the box is off.

Thanks.