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Setup Equallogic with ESX 5

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Hi All,

I recently bought a Dell Equal Logic SAN and want to connect it to our two ESX 5 servers.

We have around 20 virtual machines.

Can someone walk me through the steps and the best way to set this up?

Many thanks
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Thanks for the link.

I've not downloaded anything yet.

I also want to upgrade to ESX 5.1 and add additional NICs & RAM.

Is there an order I should do these in?
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I also want to upgrade to ESX 5.1 and add additional NICs & RAM.

That's a new question.
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Sure I'll pot a new question for it, just wanted to know if I should attached the SAN before or after
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I would attach after.
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ok thanks.

Here's the other question link


I had a look on the EqualLogic download section and HIT isnt there for VMWare, there is

HIT Kit for Microsoft
HIT Kit for Linux
VMware Integration

under VMware Integration there's

Virtual Storage Manager for VMware®  
Dell EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware® Site Recovery Manager  
Dell EqualLogic Multipathing Extension Module for VMware® vSphere
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that's correct

Virtual Storage Manager for VMware®  
Dell EqualLogic Storage Replication Adapter for VMware® Site Recovery Manager  
Dell EqualLogic Multipathing Extension Module for VMware® vSphere

and see articles above in:-

http:#a38835341
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Ok, I've upgraded to ESX 5.1 and am now ready to enable the SAN.

I've downloaded the three pieces of software listed above.  Your guide doesn't mention where/when/how I install tehm
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Check if you require them, if you have no SRM, no need for SRM.

The other integrate with vCenter Server, and is an Appliance, documentation is available from Dell Equallogic.

There is no requirement to install them.

You can connect to ESXi to SAN without them.
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I just want to enable our Dell EqualLogic with ESX 5.1
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create a LUN, allocate permissions to ESXi 5.1 server by IP Address, or IQN, or hostname.

enter IP Address in Static Discovery on ESXi

Re-scan storage adaptor, Add New Datastore
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Does it handle MPIO automatically?
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any thoughts?
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Yes, if you setup as multipath as per my document.
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Should I create one large LUN or several smaller LUNs?

Also, do I present the same LUN to both ESX servers?
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any thought?
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Also, what should I do with thin provisioning.  Should I use ESX, EqualLogic or both?
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Ok, I've added everything your document asked for, but the scan doesn't return a datastore.  I've checked the filter and it's setup with the correct permissions.

Is there an extra step to get the data store to show up in ESX?
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As part of my investigation I plugged a laptop into our SAN switch and can PING the iSCSI IP's I assigned to the ESX server.
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another update.  I removed all security filters on the volume and can see it on all my windows servers via iSCSI initiator, but not via a scan in ESX vCenter.

Any suggetions?
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Ended up deleting everything and using the script on the Equal Logic website.  Looks like it does the same thing, but via a few questions.


many thanks

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Guide attached in case anyone else needs it
EqualLogic-ESX-Setup-Guide.PDF
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