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2 or 3 volumes with MSA 2050 and ESXi 6.7

 
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2 or 3 volumes with MSA 2050 and ESXi 6.7

Hi,

I plan to create 3 volumes on MSA 2050 SAN controller with ESXi 6.7. Jsut have only one disk group. One volume is for OS image, the 2nd is for data, the last one is for file sharing. The connector between MSA and ESXis is FC HBA dual ports. I'm not sute what is the best strategy to create a volume in MSA to meet with my requirement above or other way suggestion, please.

Note: why have to create 3 volumes, I would like to take an easy way or benefit in backup data.

Thanks.

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Re: 2 or 3 volumes with MSA 2050 and ESXi 6.7

So basically you want to create 3 volumes from Single Pool and that may be either from Pool A or Pool B. Yes you can do the same.

As you have mentioned you want to store OS image in one of the volume so your requirement would be Boot from SAN implementation. Please find the HPE links which may give more details,

https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/V2/getpdf.aspx/4AA4-7060ENW.pdf?

https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/getpdf.aspx/A00015961ENW.pdf?

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c01861120

After you present MSA volumes at the ESX box, then you need to deal those volumes as per your requirement. It means you need to decide whether you want to use them as raw LUN (RDM) or you want use them with VMFS filesystem and use it as Datastore. These parts purely OS specific.

 

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Re: 2 or 3 volumes with MSA 2050 and ESXi 6.7

Thanks you.

May you have some explanation for MSA Storage Best practice for VMware vSphere in page 25? It seams like I'd have only single volume for vSphere, but I can have many volumes for other. 

Additional info: I'll have 3 hosts. Each is around 20 VM guests. Each host is installed with local HDD and uses FC, but all VM guests will store in MSA.

Regards,

Lee.

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Re: 2 or 3 volumes with MSA 2050 and ESXi 6.7

@lee_sa2 ......There is nothing like Single volume for vSphere. You can present multiple MSA volumes to vSphere or ESX.

You can create 3 volumes at the MSA end then present one LUN to each Host as datastore which means 3 Hosts 3 MSA LUNs. There you can create 20 VM on top of each MSA LUN which is now datastore at the ESX end.

 

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