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Join Date: May 2009
Connect VMware ESX Server to a Free iSCSI SAN
The free VMware ESXi server is a type 1 hypervisor and requires no host operating system. VMware Server supports multiprocessor systems with AMD64 or Intel64. It is recommended to ESXi Server VMware certified hardware just to run the VMware . The main application field of the VMware ESXi server is the server consolidation. VMware ESXi Server is the first software layer on the hardware. The control takes a specially adapted Linux, which runs as a virtual machine with specific rights to the hypervisor. On a separate partition with a specific file system, the VMFS, the virtual machine are stored. In a further partition (vmcore) in case of error core dump information is stored.
The VMware ESXi has, in contrast to the VMware ESX server, no service console. By eliminating the service console has, although the memory requirements of the VMware ESXi hypervisor reduced to below 32 MByte, many console-based management (monitoring, backup, update is not) are possible. These management tasks can be taken over by the free Remote Command Line Interface (RCLI) (see below). Convenient to management tasks via GUI with the free VMware Infrastructure Client handles the. The best management tool is the VMware Virtual Center Server. Complete Steps to Connect the Same:
- Here we will connect a host to connect to shared volumes. First of all open ports for connect to the iSCSI target, and then go to the Settings tab and under that look for security profile.
- Here you can see the ports that you have open under the firewall for both inbound and outbound ports, and then click on Properties to enable iSCSI connections.
- Select Software iSCSI Client and give OK
- Well, now you must configure the iSCSI adapter to connect to the iSCSI target, then the Configuration tab in the column select Storage Adapters and then you can see if you have volumes and iSCSI adapters our. Click on the properties of our iSCSI software adapter iSCSI Software Adapter in Properties.
- On the General tab for this go to Settings
- Mark the button Enabled and click OK
- Go to the tab of dynamic discovery and from here you have to add your iSCSI target. So click on Add
- And then introduce the iSCSI server’s IP address. Also check that the port is correct, by default: 3260 os set then give OK. Click Close.
- And at top of the card with the right button Rescan if at first you do not find something and check that how it detects an iSCSI target.
- Also note you have your iSCSI target now that create storage for virtual machines that can save her, if I click on Storage
- Click on Add Storage and search for the iSCSI shared storage.
- Select the Disk / LUN to be a type of data store iSCSI and give Next
- There you can see the shared storage, the device tells us and we realized that what we want to see the size of the total capacity and SAN Openfiles will identify the next.
- It indicates that the disk is empty, Next
- There you can see the same and something can be discuss later and know where to store virtual machines Next
- Select the type of format, we leave the default and select Maximize the ability to create a volume with all the space, or sell what we want. Next
- Then check that everything is correct and click Finish to create this issue datastore with the formatting of VMFS-3 ideal for storing virtual machine files.
- And there we have the data store that you just created and stored on iSCSI Openfiles, we must now do the same thing in other hosts and we have a common storage system using HA or DRS.