We already have FreeNAS connected to one VMWARE Host via iSCSI.   Can we somehow configure another Host to use the same FreeNAS drive(s)?   End result -- looking for a method of doing shared storage between two hosts.
Lance McGrewRETIREDAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
iSCSI is commonly used for this
Absolutely, you can use iSCSI or NFS to share the storage between multiple hosts.
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Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
Problem is, the FreeBSD iSCSI disk under Storage Devices tab reports Attached and Active for each Host however when I try creating a New VM, I only see the FreeNAS datastore available on one Host but not both.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you see the iSCSI LUN (FreeBSD) on both hosts - under storage adapters?
Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
Yes I see both  iSCSI LUN (FreeBSD) on both hosts - under storage adapters.

Should I be using the same Target for both Hosts?
Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
I can attach screen captures bit later this morning if that would help.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the same IP Address should be used for both hosts.

do you have access to the console of the servers, or remote via SSH ?
Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have physical access to both hosts and consoles plus both are configured for SSH
Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
The FreeNAS is running on a separate physical box booting from USB with a 250G SSD for the volume storage.   CAT-6 to a gigabit switch which has both VMware 6.0 Hosts attached.

Noting I am not running the FreeNAS as a VM on either host.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
type the following at the ssh prompt or console

esxcfg-volume -l

see if it shows a datastore which can be mounted.

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Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:

Under Host Cache Configuration, the FreeNAS reported (unmounted).   Upon Mounting -- now both hosts can see the FreeNAS as a datastore.   I confirmed by creating a New VM on each Host and pointing it to the FreeNAS datastore.
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