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Setup Equallogic with ESX 5

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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detox1978Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I also want to upgrade to ESX 5.1 and add additional NICs & RAM.

That's a new question.
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detox1978Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would attach after.
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detox1978Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
I just want to enable our Dell EqualLogic with ESX 5.1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
Does it handle MPIO automatically?
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detox1978Author Commented:
any thoughts?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, if you setup as multipath as per my document.
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detox1978Author Commented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
any thought?
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detox1978Author Commented:
Also, what should I do with thin provisioning.  Should I use ESX, EqualLogic or both?
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detox1978Author Commented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
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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detox1978Author Commented:
Guide attached in case anyone else needs it
EqualLogic-ESX-Setup-Guide.PDF
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