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Sharing a iscsi VMFS Datastore Across 2 ESX Hosts

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Hi All,
I have 2 fairly simple question about vmware vcentre 5.5 running 2 ESX hosts attached to a EqualLogic SAN. No ESX  clusters. No datastore clusters. Just standalone 2 ESX servers managed through vcentre 5.5 .

I have created a new iscsi volume in SAN  and given permission to both ESX hosts to access  it.
In vcentre  , I can see this volume attached to a one host. In the other host , it get discovered but it doesn't show up as a available volume to create a data store.

Questions:
1. Why does this new volume does not  show up in both ESX servers ?

Secondly ,
What I would like to happen is to create a shared datastore that can be accessed by both ESX servers.Similar to what says (But unfortunately not shown how its done anywhere) in here.

Sharing a VMFS Datastore Across Hosts:
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc%2FGUID-52DC7277-5321-4BB5-86B4-D73D258F6529.html

Seems to be a very straightforward thing to do. But I really can not find out a way to do it.
I can add a datastore through vsphere web interface. But then that datastore only appear in one ESX server. Not on the other one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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