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  • ESX volume visible to windows ?

    So.. one of my clients wants to have a SAN volume that's currently presented to the ESX server as a vRanger destination volume presented to another windows server connected to the SAN, so that the backup can grab the data off it.

    I can present the LUN to windows no big deal, I can see the new drive, but it's obviously got an ESX volume on it.. which Windows cnanot interpret.

    Is there a driver of some sort I could inject to make the content on this drive visible to windows, or a better way I could acheive what I want to acheive ?

    We have :
    ESX3.5.0, Windows 2003, vRanger, no Virtual Centre, Dell AX4/5 SAN

    a 300GB LUN titled "vrangerDest" assigned to the ESX host. (and now the Windows host also)

    The vRanger backups run the backups from the ESX host, straight back onto the ESX host.. as dragging it over the network we found took forever.

    Client wants to be able to stream the backup off the SAN onto tape somehow...
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    Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

    Well.. I've found this so far:


    http://blog.core-it.com.au/?p=416

    Which suggests there is an open-source driver being worked on..
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    • #3
      Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

      Yep and it is read-only and supports VMFS version 3 only..
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      • #4
        Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

        I suspect that that option won't suit our needs...

        It requires JVM, and the ersion installed won't run it.. and I;m not sure of the effects of upgrading JVM will have on the deployment infrastructure..

        I think we're going to go with an EXT3 volume, cause that's readable by windows..
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        • #5
          Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

          You cannot create a EXT3 partition in ESX.

          You can however connect the ESX to an NFS share that is on an ext3 volume and thereafter your windows machine as well.
          Maish
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          • #6
            Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

            Kicks back to EXT2 then :P


            The other option I'm toying with is to present the SAN volume to the windows host as NTFS, make it available via SMB.

            But then I'm still in a situation where instead of data going from SAN to SAN via the SAN network, it's going from SAN to SAN, over the ethernetwork.
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            • #7
              Re: ESX volume visible to windows ?

              ON ESX - on Fiber and ISCSI you cannot create any other Filesystem besides VMFS.

              You cannot present the volume to a windows host from the SAN as NTFS because it is not a Filesystem that windows will recognize.
              Maish
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