Connecting Dell VRTX Virtual Disks to VMWARE ESXI 6.0 Host

I have  Dell VRTX with 2 Blades

I installed VMware 6.0 ESXI on both blades and have connected to them- setup a server using the internal storage and installed VSphere Server everything is good.

I have setup a couple of virtual disks in the VRTX environment- everything happened with no issues.

GO to add the virtual disks to VCenter- I see the Perc H310 Mini Blades adaptor but when I click on the adaptor I do not see the virtual disks even after a rescan.  Anone have any experience here?
Rob HayesDirector of ITAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm a bit confused with your terminology of virtual disks and vCenter Server?

Do you mean you have configured storage and arrays for the VRTX ?

If so this needs to be presented to both ESXi servers.

Datastores are added to ESXi - which is managed by vCenter Server, vCenter Server is a management application, installed on a Windows Server, or it's the Linux Appliance.

I assume, you mean, you have connected to vCenter Server, selected a host....

What if you click Add Storage, and follow the wizard?

If you look at this article I write, and see Step 4, it shows how to create a datastore.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_17528-HOW-TO-Connect-to-the-VMware-vSphere-Hypervisor-6-0-ESXi-6-0-using-the-vSphere-Client-C-client.html
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Rob HayesDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
You sound unfamiliar with the Dell VRTX- its an all in one solution.  Has Blades/Storage/Switching built into one server.

In this appliance LUNS are called Virtual Disks.  The attached shows the steps to do it- everything is fine until I get to the end and the LUNS so not appear to the adaptor.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm very familiar with it, (we've had many issues with support 5.1, 5.5, and also performance issues!), Dell Released and Advertised it in Summer 2014, and it didn't support 5.5, which was released by VMware 12 months earlier!)

so I know, what virtual disks, you are referring to now!

VD - connected to the storage controller, on the array!

Ok, so Click Host > Configuration > Storage > Add Storage on the Storage Tab.

Also check that there is a Storage Adaptor in Configuration, and you can see two LUNS (VDs, or Arrays, or what ever you want to call them!).

These are not virtual disks, in the sence of a VMDK! which is what I thought you meant, by adding a VMDK to vCenter Server!

Also note, make sure you download and use the OEM DELL version of ESXi for this server, and not the download from VMware.

They are issues, if you use the VMware versions, because there is no supported for shared storage, so you'll end up with a VRTX with no storage.

This was the same for ESXi 5.5, even the original OEM ESXi 5.5 from Dell needed to be modified for VRTX.

I would enter your TAG number for the server on the Dell Site, and it will guide you to the required downloads of ESXi.

So let me know which version of ESXi, and do you see the storage adaptor, in the Storage Adaptors, and Configuration.

Also make sure your firmware for all the components is up to date.

Also I wonder if Dell have certified the VRTX for ESXi 6.0 yet. ESXi 6.0 only went GA last month.
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Rob HayesDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
ok- when  I get to page 9 of the .pdf I sent- there is no data store for me to add- only thing showing is the internal drives. Everything is flawless up to that point.

Virtual Disk are connected to blades.

Everything looks good from the VRTX side.

Doesn't show up in VCenter.  I see the adaptor and I see the local drives just not the virtual (LUNS).

So I feel like there has to be a setting somewhere in the VRTX that I have missed.  No other issues anywhere else that I can see.  I mean if it says both hosts have Full Access- that should be good to go - right?

Am I missing a setting somewhere?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What version of ESXi are you using download from Dell or VMware ?

If you enter your Tag Number for the server, does it show an ESXi 6.0 download for this server ?

Am I missing a setting somewhere?

Wrong version of ESXi.
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Rob HayesDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
Vmware 6.0

Not sure what Dell Tag would have to do with ESXI?  using Vsphere 6 Essentials Plus and 6.0 ESXI- is this not compatible with VRTX?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and where did you get VMware ESXI 6.0 from ?

did you download from Dell ?

did you download from VMware ?

For ALL DELL Servers, you should download the OEM Vendor Version from Dell, not VMware.

this is why on Dell sites..

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/b/techcenter/archive/2011/12/19/dell-s-customization-of-vmware-esxi-and-its-advantages

The reason this is important, is Dell release a customised OEM version of ESXi for Dell servers, which contains, tweaks, and drivers for their servers, which VMware does not include on their  version from the VMware website.

This is a common mistake made by many with vendor servers, e.g. Dell, IBM, HP and Fujitsu.

This is why I ask....

and the easiest method to obtain the Dell software from Dell, is to enter the TAG number off the Dell Server into the Dell website, and it will show what software is available for that platform!

Click the link, and download and install that version, and if 6.0 is not available.....

Dell have not certified that platform yet, if 6.0 is available with a link, download and use that version, not the one you may have downloaded from VMware.
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Rob HayesDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
I have been using Dell and VMWare for 6 or 7 years now and I have never heard of this.  I have always downloaded from VMware- i fact I have been to Dell EqualLogic conferences and never heard of this.

Looks like they don't have 6 available- only 5.5.2

So seriously I have to start over?

I don't who I am more pissed at- VMWare for rolling out an OS that's not compatible or  for DELL for not making this a bigger thing- worse is that I have never even had a Vendor mention this.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I have been using Dell and VMWare for 6 or 7 years now and I have never heard of this.  I have always downloaded from VMware- i fact I have been to Dell EqualLogic conferences and never heard of this.

I've been using Vendor OEM versions for many many years....

here's the Dell reason, on their website

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/b/techcenter/archive/2011/12/19/dell-s-customization-of-vmware-esxi-and-its-advantages

Looks like they don't have 6 available- only 5.5.2

So seriously I have to start over?

I'm afraid so, I didn't think ESXi 6.0 has been released yet for VRTX, last time I looked...and not been advised by Dell yet!

It might be possible to "hack" a driver for it, but I would not do it for production.

I don't who I am more pissed at- VMWare for rolling out an OS that's not compatible or  for DELL for not making this a bigger thing- worse is that I have never even had a Vendor mention this.

It's DELL, they have not certified it yet, as I said we have been plagued with issues with the VRTX, and we have six we currently have as expensive door stops! (Sorry!)

As I pointed out, released in Summer 2014, Dell Sales pushing the use of ESXi on the VRTX, ESXi 5.5 was released in Summer 2013, and it was very late before it arrived on the VRTX last year...

So as for ESXi 6.0, you will have to wait for certification, I would speak to Dell Support, and have the same conversations we do!
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