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Create a VMFS on local SCSI after install

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Hi all - This is probably a simple one but I am having issues getting my brain started this AM.

ESX 3.0.2, currently no SAN (will be up in a few days) I want to create a VM to start testing network, etc.

During the install, we did not create any VMFS on local disk and did leave free unpartitioned space.

What would be my process for creating a VMFS on my unpartitioned local SCSI.

Thanks in advance

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Commander
Commander

Go to page 33 here And he gives step by step directions. look for

Creating a VMFS Volume

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Use 'esxcfg-vmhbadevs' to establish the device names used by the Service Console and the VMkernel for local storage. (/dev/sda or /dev/cciss are example service console name and vmhba0:0:0 is an example vmkernel)

Use 'fdisk' on the service console to create a partition on the device and make it type 'fb'

Then create a VMFS using

'vmkfstools -C vmfs3 -S <YOURvmfsNAME> vmhba0:0:0:<partitionNUMBER>'

refresh the VI client.

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Hello,

You can also connect to the host via the VIC directly and under Configuration you should be able to create a VMFS on the local storage if one is not already there. In general the install will autocreate a VMFS on the remaining local storage and label it as storage1.

Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky, author of the forthcoming 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', publishing January 2008, (c) 2008 Pearson Education. Available on Rough Cuts at http://safari.informit.com/9780132302074

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Edward L. Haletky
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Immortal
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I can not do type "fb" it does not appear to be an option.

Am I doing something wrong?

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Commander
Commander

Go to page 33 here And he gives step by step directions. look for

Creating a VMFS Volume

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