Is it possible to install/setup NFS Server services on ESX in the SC?
If so, then could someone export an NFS share from an ESX with lots of local disk to be used as shared volumes?
This is for a temporary test environment and we are scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel.
Obviously ONLY for home use or test/dev in non-production environment.
cp /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.21-37.0.2.ELvmnix /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.21-37.0.2.ELvmnix.BAK
Change: # CONFIG_NFSD_TCP is not set
....change the string ELcustom to ELvmnix in the "EXTRAVERSION" part
cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.21-37.0.2.ELvmnix
Sample etc/exports file
You'll need to configure the firewall to permit TCP port 2049 to the service console, and you'll have to enable the NFS server and portmap daemons as well.
Given the option of recompiling the kernel, we are going to scrape up a hand-me-down server to act as a NFS server instead.
But thank you very much, I may want to try that in the future.
Was anyone here able to perform kernel rebuild on 3.0.1 pathed to 42829 ESX server?
I get numerous failures from lots of modules after restart and ESX is simply not functional after that. There is either some trick in the configuration or some src is not included. I just do not know what else can be possibly wrong with such simple process.
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Ok so I tried this, call me desparate. After the recompile etc, I do not see nfs in /proc/filesystems.
I assume something went wrong with the compile?
That would be too easy. No, honestly, this is no where near recommended or supported. I have a USB drive, no support for VMFS, that I wanted to give to the ESX host as a VMFS datastore. So I read that you can give the COS NFS server capabilites and then feed the USB partition back to the ESX host via NFS. I wanted to get rid of the overhead of having a running NFS VM. I have done the same with iSCSI in a VM and its just another VM that has to run, and I only have 2GB of RAM.
I am getting somewhere but not there yet. I now see nfs in /proc/filesystem after running insmod nfs. I also started portmap and the nfs and nfsd service.
The problem I have now is that no hosts can see my NFS mount. Windows hosts or the ESX host. Here is my /etc/exports file
Any NFS gurus out there?
heh I hear you there...I have about 5 of them including my ESX test box...
What i did was go out and buy a dell 2610sa controller off ebay. SATA controller that esx sees as scsi. Nto fast, but I am currently running about 20 vm's on a 2 socket/dual core box without much trouble.
"Obviously ONLY for home use or test/dev in non-production environment."
Now i know why... recompiling my kernel somehow broke the vmxnet_console module on my ESX 3.0.1 server...
\# esxcfg-vswif -l
insmod: vmxnet_console: no module by that name found
ERROR: Unable to retrieve information about vswif0
Any suggestions on how I get this module back? Or if all else fails I might have the rebuild the ESX server...