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  • 1.  Disk more than 2 TB

    Posted Jul 08, 2009 05:05 PM

    Hi all,

    I have a san disk 4 TB for the user storage data.

    I would like to connect a 4 TB disk storage on one of my virtual machine. Is it possible to connect a drive on a virtual server without create a datastore (datastore is limited to 2 TB)?


  • 2.  RE: Disk more than 2 TB

  • 3.  RE: Disk more than 2 TB
    Best Answer

    Posted Jul 08, 2009 05:37 PM

    If have iSCSI SAN you can connect LUN with software initiator from inside the guest OS. If you have FC SAN and NPIV-capable HBA, you can connect LUN directly to VM.

    Otherwise you have to split 4TB to 2 LUNs 2TB minus 512B each.


    VMware vExpert '2009

  • 4.  RE: Disk more than 2 TB

    Posted Jul 08, 2009 06:03 PM

    As Anton states the only method to get a LUN larger that 2TB is to utilise either the iSCSI initiator in the OS or via a NPIV HBA, otherwise split the disk into two LUNs

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