4 Replies Latest reply on May 2, 2007 6:49 AM by JonT

    Reinstall ESX 3.0.1 - Existing VMFS partition

    CiscoKid Hot Shot

      When I try to do a reinstall of the ESX3.0.1 and try to setup the partitions manually, I am noticing that the VMFS partition that was used shows a partition type of VMFS and not VMFS v3.21.  Does the version matter in this case?  Will it show up with the correct VMFS version once ESX 3.01 has fully loaded? 

       

      I don't want to harm any VM guests in the VMFS nor do I have the ability to vMotion them around as I have a stand-alone server.

        • 1. Re: Reinstall ESX 3.0.1 - Existing VMFS partition
          BenConrad Master

          You should be fine, as long as you leave the "VMFS" partitions alone.  I don't believe the partition tool (don't remember name) knows about specific versions of partitions so it just says VMFS.

           

          You should see your partitions when you are done installing.

          • 2. Re: Reinstall ESX 3.0.1 - Existing VMFS partition
            CiscoKid Hot Shot

            So as long as I reinstall leaving the VMFS partition alone and then let it boot into ESX, I should be okay then?  Is the only way to verify the VMFS version in the VIC in the configuration under storage?  Any CLI to verify VMFS partition version?  I just want to make sure that when I walk away from this project that everything is going to be fine.  Thanks.

            • 3. Re: Reinstall ESX 3.0.1 - Existing VMFS partition
              BenConrad Master

              If you install VI3 and you have a v2 VMFS you will have the opportunity to upgrade to VMFS3 in the client.  There may be some compatibility issues with running a v2 datastore on v3 OS, check the forums.  The upgrade from VMFS2->3 is non-destructive.

              • 4. Re: Reinstall ESX 3.0.1 - Existing VMFS partition
                JonT Hot Shot

                If you have console access to your VMFS partition you can check its version using this command:

                 

                vmkfstools -P (datastore name)

                 

                the "p" is capital. The output should look something like this:

                 

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                \[root@waprdbrvmwh01 volumes]# vmkfstools -P VMotion2

                VMFS-3.21 file system spanning 1 partitions.

                File system label (if any): VMotion2

                Mode: public

                Capacity 599953244160 (572160 file blocks * 1048576), 123554758656 (117831 blocks) avail

                UUID: 447757e6-fc010bc8-685b-0017a44c563d

                Partitions spanned:

                        vmhba1:0:12:1