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OlivierTremolie
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Unable to mount NFS volume (Windows NFS)

Hi all,

I'm trying to mount NFS volume on my ESXi 4.

The application SFU for windows version 3.5 is installed and /Test was created and shared with NFS. The shoumount command show me the NFS share.

On the ESXi, I'm trying to add the NFS share. To do this, I :

1) Select "Create a datastore" and select "Network File System"

2) In server line : @IP of my windows

3) In Folder line : /Test

4) In Datastore Name line : NFS

When I click on Next then Finish, I've got this message :

"Error during the configuration of the host: Cannot open volume: /vmfs/volumes/c2cdeaec-68835c8a"

In the NFS server's log, I've got this :

05-06-2010 15:43:05 MOUNT SUCCESS 81.194.13.97 D:\Test

05-06-2010 15:43:05 UMOUNT SUCCESS 81.194.13.97 D:\Test

What must I do to mount my NFS share ?

Thank you for your help,

Olivier

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kjb007
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Have you read through this? It's an older article, but it ma yhelp: http://vmblog.com/archive/2007/01/23/using-windows-based-nfs-in-vi3.aspx

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OlivierTremolie
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Very interesting link. But it doesn't work Smiley Sad

Does ESXi 4 works with NFS 3.5 ? Is there a compatibility problem with this version ?

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kjb007
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Are you getting the same error?

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OlivierTremolie
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Yes, I've the same error. But there is one thing icannot do : copy 2 files from ESXi to Windows. The link ask for this, but I cannot connect to my ESXi with Putty or other... Maybe it is the source of my problem.

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golddiggie
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Try using these directions to enable SSH on the ESXi host.

If you don't have any data on the NFS shares, I would suggest moving over to iSCSI. If you have just one (or two) ESX/ESXi hosts, and are already using a Windows main OS for the SAN, go with starwind's free software. If you have a system that you can wipe and start fresh on, go with Openfiler (Linux based). The advantages of Openfiler, besides also being free, is that it's not a restricted version of a product. Plus, it's Linux, so there's no monthly updates and reboots required. If you do use Openfiler, you'll want to read this article to get iSCSI working fully... I used that to present three iSCSI targets to my ESXi host, before I took the SAN offline (was just too loud for me).

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vChr1s
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To answer your above post, yes, ESXi4 works with NFS 3.5. First of all, with ESXi there is no service console. This is what you typically SSH into. I say typically because SSH can be enabled with a hack on ESXi but I won't get into that. Most often times I see this is when there is a security or pathing typo on the NFS side. What are you using for storage?






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OlivierTremolie
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Thank you for your help.

I resolved the problem by creating a username mapping. Give access to a machine or MAC address isn't enough. With the name mapping, everything works fine.

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Tamerz
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I am having this exact same issue. Can you please post what you did exactly with the user mapping? Thanks.

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