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ESXi unable to add blank new local Server LUN ?

Posted on 2016-09-20
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I have just inserted 2x 146 GB SAS HDD for HP DL 360 G7

here it is: http://www.harddrivesdirect.com/product_info.php?products_id=144345

I have checked it's compatibi;lity and format it using the P410i boot menu successfully, but when I tried to add it itno my ESXi server, it complained "Call "HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions" for object "datastoreSystem-47" on vCenter Server"

Call "HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions" for object "datastoreSystem-47" on vCenter Server
Why is that happening ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 250 total points
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are these used disks ?

they do not contain any other partitions ?

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Fix An error has occurred adding datastores to an ESXi 5.x host
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by:Michael Pfister
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Try to get some Information about the disk via command line:
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=1036609

Try to create the Partition table via command line.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Yes, it was repurposed HDD.

I have recreate it as RAID-1 but somehow it is not liking it.

but with the other server since I recreate it as RAID5, it work good.
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I got thisissue:

/dev/disks # partedUtil setptbl /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508b1001ceda69af4322f41461f0f msdos
msdos
0 0 0 0
Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!

/dev/disks #
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Whats the output of
partedUtil getptbl "/vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508b1001ceda69af4322f41461f0f"

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here's the output:

/dev/disks # partedUtil getptbl /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508b1001ceda69af4322f41461f0f
Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!
Unable to read partition table for device /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508b1001ceda69af4322f41461f0f


/dev/disks #
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I wonder if deleting and recreating the RAID might help. I don't remember the 410i options you have when creating a RAID 1. Can it wipe the disks?
There is a small chance the refurbished disks have a partition table on it. It should have been wiped by the controller but who knows.

If everything fails, remove the disks, attach them to an unused PC and wipe them with dban quick erase. http://www.dban.org/
WARNING! dban will wipe every disk in your system if not used properly! So remove any other disk that should not be wiped!
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I have no other disk in the server apart from SD card for the ESXi OS and lots of LUNs from the SAN (Fibre Channel).

Would it delete them all or just the local HDD that I can select ?
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looks like a partition to  me.

ESXi cannot deal with removing partitions, when creating a new datastore.

I would recommend, if you are struggling to delete the partitions from ESXi, scrub them in another server, or boot a disk eraser from CDROM.
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Never tried dban with a SAN. I'd rather disconnect it and remove the SD card... just in case...
If you're careful you can start dban in interactive mode and select the disks it should erase.
But if I remember correctly pressing enter at the wrong place will scrub all disks it can mount.
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disconnect the cables e.g. networking and FC cables.

dban would need to have drivers to initialize the network interface and HBAs.

it just about works with local storage controllers!
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Thanks guys !
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