ISO storage for Windows and VMware

Trying to eliminate two locations for storing ISO files.  We have an "ISO" folder on a LUN that's VMFS for some VMs.  We also have a folder on a CIFS share so that our Windows admins can access them for installation or burning physical disks.

The ISO images on the LUN are only OS installers and VMware tools.

The ISO images on the CIFS share are the above, plus applications, utilities, boot/diagnostic, etc.

If I could get these from the same location, I could reclaim a little bit of space, and make it easier to organize.

Also, storage efficiency is at the volume level.  So, my CIFS is distinct from my VMFS.

Option 1: qtree + Shares
qtree off the volume used for the VMFS LUN.  This shows up as a "folder" when I go to make a share.

Option 2: Shares + manually enter folder name
I see that a previous admin just shared a subfolder by typing a forward slash / and a folder name off the root of a volume.  I can't get this to work.  I get a red rectangle around the path if I type it in manually.
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aleghartAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you have NFS?

We use NFS and CIFs, so the ISOs can be access from Windows and ESXi can access the datasrtore via NFS.

Very do-able with a NetApp filer.
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aleghartAuthor Commented:
NFS  is enabled, but nothing configured.  Not as simple as just making the share.  Looks like I'll need to make networking changes at the VM host level?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you will need to add a VMKernel Portgroup if you do not already have one, see my video

Video Tutorial - Adding an NFS Datastore to a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server
http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/06/21/new-hd-video-adding-an-nfs-datastore-to-a-vmware-vsphere-esxesxi-4x-host-server/
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aleghartAuthor Commented:
I have VMKernel portgroup already.  Can't figure out if I need to give the full path to the folder, or just the NFS share name.  I get an error that it can't connect...so no idea if it's connectivity problem, path problem, authentication/permission problem,

Do those videos have sound?  I can't hear anything.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Video does not have sound.

Make sure you have setup the Exports correctly on the NetApp, e.g. IP Address of VMKernel Portgroup.

also see this article

http://www.cosonok.com/2012/01/netapp-basic-nfs-configuration.html
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aleghartAuthor Commented:
I have the IPs setup now.   I can mount the NFS export (needs full path from "/vol/..." from the NetApp, but it shows up as empty when I browse the datastore in vSphere client.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if the volume/share has data, it's likely to be permissions.
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aleghartAuthor Commented:
Yes.  I'm changing them now, trying to get something to show up.  Looks like a bit more reading for me now.  There are too many options to use process of elimination.
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aleghartAuthor Commented:
Ended up making an NFS export first, then CIFS share pointing to the same folder.   The existing CIFS share was setup for NTFS/Windows permissions only.  Not something I wanted to mess around with during production.

Thanks!
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