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How to use SAN storage as a datastore in ESXi

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On an ESXi 5.5 host, what are the steps for creating a datastore on a SAN storage unit (connected via 10gb networking) as opposed to a local hard drive on the ESXi host.

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by:Busbar
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if it is connected using 10 GB then it is either connected over FCOE or it is NFS storage, please share your config so we can help you a little.
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Are you asking how to create a LUN on a SAN or create a Datastore on VMware using a SAN?

Creating a LUN on a SAN is of course depended on the SAN device (brand for example)

As for Datastore, there's an interesting howto on the IBM site that can get you going:
http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/strhosts/ic/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.help.strghosts.doc%2FVC+Plugin%2F3.1.0%2FUG%2Fvcplugin_ug_ch7_create_VMware_datastores.html
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by:gateguard
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The device is an HP  3PAR StoreServ 7200.

I don't have the configuration yet because I'm providing an "advance list of steps".

The vSphere version will be 5.5

Thanks for your help so far.
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If it's the HP 3PAR I'd definitely check out their Best Practices Guide for VMware

Then to work or connect the 3PAR with VMware there's this guide

As for adding the LUNs in the final stage, it's practically the same steps as metioned in the IBM link above.
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have you managed your SAN switch configuration and everything.

I don't think you getting the information right, 3PAR doesn't have NFS thus it won't be connected over 10G, it will be connected over FC only.
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