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how do I get my DL 380 to see my MSA 1000 when deploying VMware ESX server

Hi all,

I have 2 DL 380 G5 servers and one HO MSA 1000 NAS box. I plan to deploy VMware ESX to both of the physical boxes. I think I know how to do that but my question is this.

If I'm going to be installing ESX, I assume i wont be using HP smart start. If this is the case, how do i get the server to see the MSA 1000?

Daft question? Probably lol

Any help appreciated.
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Jason Thomas
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The MSA 1000 is not a NAS, it's a Fibre Channel SAN.

You also realise, that this MSA 1000 SAN, is no longer on the Hardware Compatibility List for any VMware vSphere version since, ESX/ESXi 3.0.

You will need to

1. Install Fibre Channel HBA in the ESXi servers.

2. Note down the WWNN of the HBAs in the Servers.

3. Using the console RS232 interface and special cable, you will need to assign these WWNN to the LUNs.

4. If you do not have the special serial cable, you can do this using HP Smart Start, Array Configuration Utility CDROM, if you BOOT this CDROM on the ESXi server. (obviosuly it will need to boot from cdrom).

this URL here details the commands to use at console/command line

http://lackof.org/taggart/hacking/msa1000-setup/
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hello. Many thanks for the advise.

If I may. The HBA controller drivers, readily available to download?

Understanding your point on the HCL, despite not being supported do you think there is a chance that it will connect with ESXi 5 ?

Thank you
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The HBA fibre channel drivers are included with the OS. (ESXi)

If the HBA fibre channel controller is compatible with ESXi 5.x, it will connect, we use MSA 500, 1000, 1500cs and 1500i here, with VMware vSphere 3.x, 4.x and 5.x. (test and dev - not production!)

They were all rubbish, with many issues with previous versions of VMware vSphere and you need to get the right firmware, and run active/passive.

From a personal point of view, we have now almost retired them because, they are

1. slow
2. noisy
3. need aircon
4. performance is terrible
5. size
6. spare parts
7. electrical costs

and the same can be achieved, with lower cost, high performance, low electric, does not need aircon, ear plugs, using a Synology, Qnap, Netgear cheap NAS!
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hi, I'm just using for training purposes. Can i ask, from the smart array utility, is the set-up of the SAN to the server fairly intuitive that you know of?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it's not a setup utility, it's the Array Configuration Utility (ACU).

It's easy to use. It finds the HBA, connected to the SAN, and then you just create a RAID, and allocate the WWNN to the RAID.

Your only issue, is getting hold, of a very old version of the Compaq Smart Start CDROM, or HP version.
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your advice, helped a lot
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