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  • 1.  Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume

    Posted Oct 04, 2018 02:36 PM

    Imagine an ESXi host with local disks used as VMFS datastores.

    Is there any way to allow other ESXi hosts access the local VMFS datastores as NFS shares?

    A consultant says it should be possible, but I was unable to locate the related documentation.

    Can anybody please help?

    Regards

    marius



  • 2.  RE: Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume

    Posted Oct 04, 2018 03:21 PM

    Assuming datastore1 is the local datastore on ESXi-1, install a FreeNAS VM on the local datastore and create NAS shares from the FreeNAS. Disk for the FreeNAS VM (which will be used for creating NAS share once it is installed) will be residing on the ESXi local datastore. With proper networking in place, this NAS share should be accessible to other ESXi hosts as well. Unless, I'm missing something easy here :smileyplain: However, this may not be recommended as it may have performance implications.

    https://www.avoiderrors.com/install-freenas-hypervisor-esxi/

    https://www.virtualizationhowto.com/2017/05/configure-freenas-9-10-nfs-vmware-esxi-6-datastore/

    Cheers,

    Supreet



  • 3.  RE: Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume
    Best Answer

    Posted Oct 04, 2018 03:26 PM

    You can do it, as SupreetK​ mentioned, however this is, in virtually all cases, an extremely horrible idea that you should never do unless testing something temporarily or in an experimental environment.



  • 4.  RE: Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume

    Posted Oct 04, 2018 03:58 PM

    > A consultant says it should be possible
    It is indeed possible but a good consultant should have told you to forget the idea immediatly.



  • 5.  RE: Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume

    Posted Oct 05, 2018 06:39 AM

    > A consultant says it should be possible

    > It is indeed possible but a good consultant should have told you to forget the idea immediatly.

    Do you mean it is possible to publish the datastore itself as an NFS share?

    Regards

    marius



  • 6.  RE: Sharing a datastore as a NFS volume

    Posted Oct 05, 2018 07:09 AM

    No, it is not possible to do so directly.