How To Add Shared SAN Storage to 2 ESX 3.5 Hosts

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I,m trying to add shared SAN storage to 2 ESX 3.5 hosts in preparation to setting up HA, DRS and Clustering. I'm doing this through VMInfrastructure Client 2.5 connecting to VMware Virtual Center Server2.5 I add the SAN storage (600GB, Target ID vmhba2:0:0, LUN 0)to vhost-1 using the name vsan-0. I format it with 8MB blocks maximizing the size. I then add the same storage (600GB, Target ID vmhba2:0:0, LUN 0) to vhost-2 using the name vsan-0. However while doing this I get a message that it is going to destroy the previously created partition. I continue using the same parameters as before. The procedure completes. When I go to Inventory-> Datastores I have 2 shared storage objects, wcc-vsan-0 and wcc-vsan-0 (1) Each of the datastores shows 1 Host connected. This is not shared properly. How can I get this 600GB SAN storage shared properly? I've been going through the VMware documentation but can find no specific procedure for this. What am I missing?? Thanks in advance JHP1

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How many switches are you using and is there a dual path to the target LUN

sounds like you have one switch and the two paths are being picked up hence two datastores, basically the old multipathing problem. VMware picks up any VMFS dtastores once formatted so you would not be asked about the second it would just be presented.

Hope this helps

paul

Thanks, you are correct. All I had to do once th second node was selected was refresh the display and the new datastore was good to go.

Joe

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