VM Servers Really slow

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I'm pretty lost here.  I've created 3 VM servers without an issue. This is my 4th install and it's taking over 5 hours to install an OS!  I have no idea why.  Everything looks right - the NAS is connected via a 10 GBic connection. (2) of them.  I'm going to post a screen shot. I've tried so many different combinations and this is the only thing that will work.  But something is drastically wrong.  I downloaded 2008 r2 64 bit (that's what the requirement was) iso to the datastore and it should be blazing but it's not.  Any suggestions, help would be appreciated...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Something very wrong with the datastore

Did you setup the Nimble as per vendor documentation ?

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Yes but I deleted everything and I'm starting over.  I can't seem to make the nic cards work properly.  I've tried creating a new switch for the nimble with 2 IPs that connect to the nimble. But which one is standby??? I can't figure this out... This is what I keep Getting...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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did you go through my article, neither is standby ?
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yes but it's not working so apparently I'm missing something
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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so did you understand that neither nic, is in Standby, but are Active ?

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No?  Here's what I have....  Maybe you can explain what I'm missing??? No matter what I did I can not get the adapter to bind
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okay..now this ASSUMES, if Nimble recommend this method...

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

look at 5. VMkernel Portgroup - Override vSwitch failover order

you need to move nic down to unused. do this for both...

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OK I've followed this to the T... If I don't put one of the gig cards on the network management side its not connected.  When I do then I'm getting PATH STATUs - not used.  I'm so frustrated at this point!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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so both are now bound ?

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I believe there's some hardware issue going on.  I can't bind the ISCI and the VM is hanging up on scanning and also when I start the box.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I think you need to have somebody look over your environment you could use Gigs or Live here at Experts Exchange.

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OK the issue was the actual fibre cables they were multi and for distance and once I changed to the correct cables everything worked perfectly.  Just one thing.  No matter what I do I have to separate the Nics on different switches.  I can't seem to get it to work they way you have it in your articles.  Thanks for all you do.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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No matter what I do I have to separate the Nics on different switches.

are we referring to physical switches ?

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Yes I have to put one of the Nics on the management switch.  It's strange but it's the only way to get it to work.
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if you want best practice and to avoid a single point of failure, if you connect both nics to the same switch, if the switch fails, you will lose access to all your storage and VMs.

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