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VMware ESXi Host 4.1

Hi,

I am having issues when connecting a esxi host 4.1 to vsphere client. I can't seem to change the host IP address in the console, it reverts back to some other address.

I also want to know how to connect the esxi 4.1 host to the SAN storage.

I have attached screen shot to make the question understand better.
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Your issue with host ip is caused because you have two ethernet adapters on same network. Try disconnecting one of them or configure NLB properly: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006778

Supposing you have configured your SAN storage space and IP address space, you must to create a iscsi initiator and configure to connect with your storage, then format and configure storage on host: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XSabDgWob4 or http://www.vkernel.ro/blog/creating-configuring-iscsi-in-vmware-vsphereesxi-5
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried changing the IP Address from the CONSOLE ?
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BharathKumarRaju DasaraRajuDevops EngineerCommented:
Could you try with setting up the static ip ....and check whether its successfully assigning or not?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is how you setup iSCSI, see my EE Article

HOW TO: Add an iSCSI Software Adaptor and Create an iSCSI Multipath Network in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 4.1

see my videos


Video Tutorial - Adding iSCSI storage to a VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x host server
http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/06/24/new-hd-video-adding-iscsi-storage-to-a-vmware-vsphere-esxesxi-4x-host-server/

Video Tutorial - Eazy Peezy Lemon Squeezy iSCSI Storage by StarWind iSCSI SAN Software
http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/06/22/new-hd-video-eazy-peezy-lemon-squeezy-iscsi-storage-by-starwind-iscsi-san-software/

Video Tutorial - Creating an NFS Datastore using Windows 2008 R2 for VMware vSphere ESX/ESX 4.x
http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/06/21/new-hd-video-creating-an-nfs-server-using-windows-2008-r2-for-vmware-vsphere-esxesxi-41/

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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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I am putting static IP in the console but it doesn't accept the desired IP address.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Anything odd with this IP Address, its not in use?
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
This is the IP address(10.1.31.10) i was using to connect the host to vsphere before. I just tried to put 10.1.31.40 in the console to check and it accepted that but the host IP in vSphere is 10.1.31.10 so it doesn't connect.

Does the host IP address has to be same as the management IP address?
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I  already have 2 production hosts running and are connected to SAN, The one i am configuring will be for testing
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
if i remove the host and re-add the host with 10.1.31.40, will it retain the settings from previous host settings
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Management IP Address is the "IP Address" of the Host ESXi Server.
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
If i remove the disconnected host from vsphere client and add a new host with a new ip that is working on the console, will i need to configure anything else apart from networking and storage adapters in configuration tab.

Do i need to set the permission again and if so how?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to remove and add the host to vCenter, configuration remains with the host, so nothing to do.
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I have managed to connect the host with 10.1.31.10 address, now i cant connect to SAN.
Do i need to change the iSCSI name for software adapter and the other broadcom iSCSI adapter.
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
How can i connect Dell SAN and the esxi host 4.1 so that i can see storage in vsphere client.
I have opened Powervault disk manager and i am wondering if i have to define host manually in there. I have attached a pic to show that other hosts are also configured. Will this entry connect the new host to SAN?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Once you have configured iSCSI in the Host, you just add the IP Address of the SAN in the iSCSI Properties option.
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I am now getting 2 issues which are talking a long time.

I am unable to bind physical network interfaces (pNIC) to the iSCSI VMKernel. I am trying the following command
esxcli swiscsi nic add -n vmk0 -d vmhba37 where vmk0 is from iSCSI network with an IP address and vmhba37 is the software adapter.

After adding the host in SAN now i can only see one LUN0 in datastore and can see all the devices when i click devices tab. When i go to add storage there is nothing there.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So all the LUNs are present, but you cannot see any datastores ?
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I have attached pics as well

Yes LUNS are present.
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
When i try to click on add storage > disk/LUN nothing shows up
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, can you get to the console or remotely via ssh, to run some commands to check ?
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
Yes, which commands?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
check at the ESXi console with

esxcfg-volume -l

this will show LUNs, that can be remounted, that currently do not appear as datastores.

and then to mount....

esxcfg-volume -m nas3-vmfs

(or -M)
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
esxcfg-volume -l  show nothing , the cursor goes to the next line
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that would indicate there are no missing datastores.

If you select Re-SCAN, do the datastores appear?

these LUNs are formatted with a VMFS datastore which is compatible with ESXi 4.1 ?
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
I have done several re-scan, other datastores dont appear. I have restarted the host as well.

What should be the format for VMFS in esxi4.1?

Could this happen if the pNIC binnding with VMKernel is wrong?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Vmfs-3

If your iSCSI is wrong possible....

But you have LUNS listed but no datastores

Can you see the Lund using fdisk?

And can you see the Luns are vmfs?

If you click Add Storage what happens!
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Perth-ITAuthor Commented:
When i click add storage>select Disk/LUN, nothing show up to select in the window.

Yes, the LUNS are VMFS

The only difference i can find is that the datastore that i can see is VMFS 3.46 and the rest are VMFS 5.54, Could this be the issue?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, VMFS 5.54 is not compatible with ESXi 4.1.

ESXi 4.1 can only read VMFS-3.

This is the issue, you will need to upgrade your server to ESXi 5.x.

I think your question has now been answered.
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