alexzm
Contributor
Contributor

HotPlug disk under ESXi 4

Tried ESXi 4.0 with a free license for a day and was disappointed to see that adding a disk to a VM guest, while it is running, now requires "hotplug" license.

This was never the case with ESXi 3. I could add/remove disks, while the virtual guest machine was running.

Looks like ESXi 4 lost some features in the process of upgrade, and now to add storage I need to shut down guest and restart.

This is a big inconvenience.

Will we see a limited hotplug functionality for free ESXi 4 to support storage management?

Thanks.

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AndreTheGiant
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Are you using VM with new hardware model, or VM with old hardware model?

Andre

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dab
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Enthusiast

This is a big inconvenience.

That's true it does'nt work either with HW4 or HW7X-(

Shame on you VMware, I do'nt want to spend a lot of $ to get the same functionality as I got free in past ...

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Rumple
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

I can understand why they would want to have all the hotplug functionality put together under a single license, but I'm a bit flabergasted that they would enforce the hot adding of disk to a VM as now requiring a license.

Someone should be taken out to the whipping post for that bonehead move...

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DukeB0x
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Contributor

/me 2 was supprised..

I'm even thinking about going back to esx3i since i realy liked the disk add/remove while turned on option,

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Steve_Tron
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Enthusiast

Hi,

It seems like VMware have made a few decisions like that with the release of vSphere. The one I like the best is the decision to have the advance software tier without DRS and then announce that the enterprise software tier will be available up until xmas after which only enterprise plus will be available (costs more than enterprise) if you want DRS. Do the extra feature of enterprise plus warrant the cost hmmm I guess we will see.

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NetworkPIMP
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Contributor

This is incredibly dissapointing. Maybe I'll take another look at HyperV... Wake up VMware... this was a real d!ck move...

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admin
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Immortal

Folks, I did a little digging on this, it is a Licensing bug.

This was not intentionally done. The bug has been addressed and will be available in a future release.

BTW, it only affects the hot add of CPU & Memeory. Other devices are not under license control.

Rick Blythe

Social Media Specialist

VMware Inc.

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alexzm
Contributor
Contributor

Any ETA on that?

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mudha
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

is there any KB released from VMware on this and fixed in patch 1??

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bcollins1
Contributor
Contributor

Rick - I got this while trying to add a second disk. Is this a bug that will be fixed or is this how it will be on ESX 4?

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rk_ram
Contributor
Contributor

I too got the same issue in Esx5.5, is it mandatory to get the license for hot plug remove or add the drive tests through HBA?..

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