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vampiel
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Please Help! ESX idiot here

Hi All,

Please help, i am very new to ESX Server 3i 3.5.0 build 123629, i sucessful install it in a PC.

i am trying to mount my EXT HDD to the ESX Server so that i could do some import.

Can somebody teach me how to mount the EXT HDD using the Console?

i did a fdisk -l , and are able to see the ext hdd, (/dev/disks/vmhba32:0:0:1, system is Linux.

Please help me step by step.

Thanks.

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FranckRookie
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Hi Vampiel,

Welcome to the forum.

You can have a look here: http://deinoscloud.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/using-usb-storage-devices-with-the-service-console/

Regards

Franck

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dickybird
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You will need to create VMFS partition on the disk

You can do this by using VC client and connect to ESX host.

or you can see following KB article for further suggestions

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=101321...

vampiel
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Hi Thanks for your help. Is a bit complicated here. I actually re-install the server to ESX 4.0 and thankfully, i am able to see the USB ext HDD (/dev/sdd1) and able to mount it. My Fdisk result:-

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 1 140 1124518+ 83 Linux

/dev/sdb2 141 154 112455 fc VMware VMKCORE

/dev/sdb3 155 19457 155051347+ 5 Extended

/dev/sdb5 155 19457 155051316 fb VMware VMFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 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/sdc1 1 76 610438+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sdc2 77 331 2048287+ 83 Linux

/dev/sdc3 332 969 5124735 5 Extended

/dev/sdc5 332 969 5124703+ 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdd: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdd1 1 30401 244196001 83 Linux

Now another issue, inside this usb EXT HDD, there is a folder which is consider of a ESX 3.5 server virtual machine image, there is alot of files, VMDK, VMX, LOG, Delta.vmdk, VMXF, etc...

Please teach me the command to copy this whole folder/ all of the files to the datastore as attached.

Should i create a folder in the datastore first?

Please advice.

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FranckRookie
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Just copy the VM folder to an existing datastore. You can use the linux CP command as: cp -r /...source_folder/* /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/VM_name

Then, browse your datastore, right click on the ".vmx" file and register it.

Franck