add Datastore failed with HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions

Posted on 2013-01-31
Last Modified: 2013-02-07
Brandnew HP Proliant 350p G8 with SAS 421 and SD Media Card
vmWare ESXi 5.1 installed on internal SD
all components from HP and an HCL

After installation of ESXi when i want to add DataStore, for the first Array I have allways a error Message:
"HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions" for Objekt "ha-datastoresystem" auf ESXi "192.1....

It is no Problem to add the Second Array ...
I found a comment, but no solution. 

Is there only this Workaround ... an no solution?
Question by:perolin
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ID: 38841437
there is no partition or data on the array?

Author Comment

ID: 38841449
brand new and empty.

after first problem, i deleted array, replaced physical disks, build new array. Same Failer.
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ID: 38841476
its unclear from the referenced EE question, what the solution was

I would refer to HP.
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ID: 38846466
After ours with HP Support, BIOS and Firmeware Update, Resets and x10 boot and trails, lots of hints how to handle this with SSH on ESXi Host with commands like fdsik –l …  dd if=/dev/zero …  partedUtil mklabel … I quit.

I removed the SD Card from motherboard, installed ESXi on physical Disc and everything works fine!

I assume, that the Installation of ESXi on SD Card has a problem to use LUN 1. There is also to make one setting for the scratch path, that’s ok. But to not have access to LUN 1 (the drive seems to be read only for ESXi).

Configuration used: HP Proliant ML350p Gen8, BIOS 2012-12-14, Smart Array P420i Ver 3.22 with SAS SFF Discs, SD Card on Motherboard Slot, HP ESXi Image 5.1.0 Build-799733 HP 5.32.5

Author Comment

ID: 38846471
Maybe HP will provide a solution, and then I will post it.
LVL 121
ID: 38846514
this error is usually because there is a partition already in use. HP provided you with instructions to try and delete it, very odd indeed. So it would seem that HP do not have a solution either ... yet!

Author Comment

ID: 38848496
hanccocka: this error is usually because there is a partition already in use.

and this happens while ESXi is installed on SD Card. HP or vmWare?
LVL 121
ID: 38848692
Correct. ESXi/ESX cannot handle creating partitions on some disks, e.g. the removal.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38863255
Ours of trails with HP Support.

Author Comment

ID: 38865389
It Works!  Together with HP Support we found a solution.  The Problem was definitely that the SD Installation of ESXi was at LUN 1.
With HP Intelligent Provisioning 1.3 for Proliant G8 it works fine. On Server delivered in January there is only Release 1.0 .  Intelligent Provisioning will not be update with HP SPP 2012-10.  Download HP Intelligent Provisioning for this update.  

During VMware ESXi installation, perform the following:
Boot the server using bootable VMware image disc by selecting to boot from CD/DVD drive. Follow on-screen instructions.
At the option/screen, select a Disk , select HP iLO LUN 00 Media 1 (mpx.vmhbaXX:C0:T0:L0) which has 3.74GB capacity VMFS partition and proceed with on-screen instructions.
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ID: 38865491
Thanks for the feedback.

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