Gr33nEye
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Please pardon the simplicity or if this is a repost as i have searched around and could not find the solution. Maybe this is due to lack of caffeine.

Basically i'm trying to partition a new fresh drive on an ESX4.1 server with VMFS and im getting the permission denied error

The server is running within workstation 7.1and is only a test box. The HDD in question is just locally added

I have copied out the ssh session and have omitted out all the other irrelevant drives. Also a screen shot of the add storage via gui.Also adding via the gui works fine so it's obviously something im doing wrong with the commands.

Anny help on this annoyance would be highly appreciated

Thank you.

# esxcfg-scsidevs -l

mpx.vmhba0:C0:T0:L0

Device Type: Direct-Access

Size: 12288 MB

Display Name: Local VMware, Disk (mpx.vmhba0:C0:T0:L0)

Multipath Plugin: NMP

Console Device: /dev/sdc

Devfs Path: /vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhba0:C0:T0:L0

Vendor: VMware, Model: VMware Virtual S Revis: 1.0

SCSI Level: 2 Is Pseudo: false Status: on

Is RDM Capable: false Is Removable: false

Is Local: true

Other Names:

vml.0000000000766d686261303a303a30

VAAI Status: unknown

mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0

Device Type: Direct-Access

Size: 20480 MB

Display Name: Local VMware, Disk (mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0)

Multipath Plugin: NMP

Console Device: /dev/sdd

Devfs Path: /vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0

Vendor: VMware, Model: VMware Virtual S Revis: 1.0

SCSI Level: 2 Is Pseudo: false Status: on

Is RDM Capable: false Is Removable: false

Is Local: true

Other Names:

vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30

VAAI Status: unknown

# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdc: 12.8 GB, 12884901888 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1566 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdc1 * 1 140 1124518+ 83 Linux

/dev/sdc2 141 154 112455 fc VMware VMKCORE

/dev/sdc3 155 1566 11341890 5 Extended

/dev/sdc5 155 1566 11341858+ fb VMware VMFS

Disk /dev/sdd: 21.4 GB, 21474836480 bytes

64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 20480 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

Disk /dev/sde: 7973 MB, 7973371904 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 969 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sde1 1 76 610438+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sde2 77 331 2048287+ 83 Linux

/dev/sde3 332 969 5124735 5 Extended

/dev/sde5 332 969 5124703+ 83 Linux

# fdisk /dev/sdd

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 20480.

There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,

and could in certain setups cause problems with:

1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)

2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs

(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdd: 21.4 GB, 21474836480 bytes

64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 20480 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

Command (m for help): n

Command action

e extended

p primary partition (1-4)

p

Partition number (1-4): 1

First cylinder (1-20480, default 1):

Using default value 1

Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-20480, default 20480):

Using default value 20480

Command (m for help): t

Selected partition 1

Hex code (type L to list codes): fb

Changed system type of partition 1 to fb (VMware VMFS)

Command (m for help): w

The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.

Syncing disks.

# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdc: 12.8 GB, 12884901888 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1566 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdc1 * 1 140 1124518+ 83 Linux

/dev/sdc2 141 154 112455 fc VMware VMKCORE

/dev/sdc3 155 1566 11341890 5 Extended

/dev/sdc5 155 1566 11341858+ fb VMware VMFS

Disk /dev/sdd: 21.4 GB, 21474836480 bytes

64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 20480 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdd1 1 20480 20971504 fb VMware VMFS

Disk /dev/sde: 7973 MB, 7973371904 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 969 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sde1 1 76 610438+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sde2 77 331 2048287+ 83 Linux

/dev/sde3 332 969 5124735 5 Extended

/dev/sde5 332 969 5124703+ 83 Linux

# vmkfstools -C TESTVMS1 /vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0

Checking if remote hosts are using this device as a valid file system. This may take a few seconds...

Creating TESTVMS1 file system on "mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0" with blockSize 1048576 and volume label "none".

/vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhba0:C0:T1:L0: Permission denied. (Have you set the partition type to 0xfb?)

Error: Permission denied

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vijayagce
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Sorry, I forgot to include disks in the path "/vmfs/devices/disks/vml.00.....".

if its not usful. Can you send the output for the command "ls /vmfs/devices/disks"?

becz you have to check whether your dirve is partitioned perfectly. If vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:1 is in /vmfs/devices/disks location then vmkfstools command will work, also can you send the o/p for esxcfg-scsidevs -l after the partitioned done.

Thanks,

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vijayagce
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Hi,

Can you try the command as follows:

"vmkfstools -C vmfs3 -b 1m -S TESTVMS1 /vmfs/devices/vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:1"

Thanks,

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Gr33nEye
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just tried that with a30:1,a30 both unfortunately had the same result.

# vmkfstools -C vmfs3 -b 1m -S TESTVMS1 /vmfs/devices/vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:1

Device path name "/vmfs/devices/vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:" is not a valid absolute or relative path

Failed to resolve device name path /vmfs/devices/vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:

Usage: vmkfstools -C vmfs3 /vmfs/devices/disks/vml... or,

vmkfstools -C vmfs3 /vmfs/devices/disks/naa... or,

vmkfstools -C vmfs3 /vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhbaA:T:L:P

Error: No such file or directory

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vijayagce
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Sorry, I forgot to include disks in the path "/vmfs/devices/disks/vml.00.....".

if its not usful. Can you send the output for the command "ls /vmfs/devices/disks"?

becz you have to check whether your dirve is partitioned perfectly. If vml.0000000000766d686261303a313a30:1 is in /vmfs/devices/disks location then vmkfstools command will work, also can you send the o/p for esxcfg-scsidevs -l after the partitioned done.

Thanks,

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Gr33nEye
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that worked thank you, also had a quick look through the command reference guide as you posted and found teh vml. reference

Thank you for your help.

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