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adding storage to the vcenter 5.5 or esxi

Posted on 2014-11-17
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i have esxi5.5 server and two machines are created on this using vsphere client.now i want to configure emc VNX storage to be avaiable to the esxi and after that how i would be able to add this storage to vms created.
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by:Abhilash
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Are you planning to install EMC VSI plugin to provision storage through vsphere client?
If its generallly making storage available, you will have to create LUNs on VNX and assign them to ESXi servers.
Then format them with VMFS and create datastores. Once this is done, you will be able to add storage to the VM's using that datastore.
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You create a new virtual disk, and specify the new virtual disks to be stored on the new datastore.
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by:kastro Abbasi
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ok as storage guy created iscsi target on vnx and tell me to add these to the esxi host.i dont know what should i do i tryed to add these iscsi target according to the vmware instructions and then scan but i could not find the newly created iscsi target
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You now need to select Storage > Add Storage

you should then see a LUN to select and format with VMFS-5 ?

did you check the LUN is visible to ESXi?

Host > Configuration > Storage Adaptors > Select iSCSI Software Adapter

you should see the LUN, that's been added
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by:kastro Abbasi
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wen itry to add storage it never give me the any information.
even there is no LUN visble to esxi
i rescan it many time and add the target to iscsci initaor properties.
but same result
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Is the LUN present?

Did you ensure, that the LUN was mapped to the IQN on the SAN ?
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by:kastro Abbasi
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yes  iscsci target is available on the stotage itself.I tried to get this target from other windows server 2008 by using iscsci initiator and i find it.but esxi is not able to get it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Did you put the IQN of the iSCSI Adaptor, on ESXi, into the config, of the SAN ?
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by:kastro Abbasi
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yes i did this but it is realy confusing.i did one experiment by installing a software SAN Storage on my lap top and created iscsi target.then i go to the esxi and put the IQN and tested.It was not working then for testing i check the port on my software SAN which was 3261 but in DYNAMIC DISCOVERY of the iscsi software adapter i did not change the port it was 3260.this time it quickly discover the storage.and i easily added the iscsi storage.
now the prob which i think is with the port of emc vnx storage.whats ur idea should i confirm the port as storage admin told me it is a default port 3260 but now with my test i am sure that it is bcz of the wrong port.how can i confirm the emc vnx port
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the default port is 3260

When you tested connecting to Windows what port did you use there to test?

You have created the correct networking for iSCSI ?

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Add an iSCSI Software Adaptor and Create an iSCSI Multipath Network in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0
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