I just recently added a 2TB iomega ix2 “Cloud Edition” to my VMware Home Lab and have been pretty impressed with some of its upgrades. As I noted in my last VMware Home Lab blog post I’ve been using another ix2 NFS for my datastores and have been wanting to add iSCSI to it the last few weeks. The problem is I’ve run out of space !! So, the new ix2 was added.
Here is a quick step by step guide on how to add an iomega “Cloud Edition” iSCSI lun to your VMware home lab !!
First things first – I’m assuming you have already setup your storage (Static IP address, etc) and it’s just waiting for you to manage it.
1) Surf over to the Management Screen – it should look like this:
2) Click on the Storage Button – that will take you to the following page:
3) Click on the iSCSI Device – That will take you to the following screen:
4) Click on Enable and just use the local iSNS Server unless you are running some UBER iSCSI stuff in your home lab !! Click Apply.
6) Name your iSCSI Drive, set the amount of capacity and click “Create” – it will look like the following:
When it’s completed it should look like this:
Notice that it assigned it an IQN Name. By the way, you are done with this part !!
Let’s move over to my vSphere Client to complete this quick / easy task !!
7) Log into vSphere Client – click on Hosts and Clusters, then select a Hosts -> Configuration -> Storage Adapters and then in the list of Storage Adapters scroll down to iSCSI Software Adapter – it should look like this:
8) Click on Properties of the Storage Adapter and then click Configure:
9) Check the box “enabled” and I added an iSCSI Alias – not sure why – but I did it 🙂
10) That takes you back to the main iSCSI Initiator Properties page, we now need to add our iSCSI Device to the “Dynamic Discovery” tab – so click on that – it should look like this below:
11) Add the ip address of your iomega ix2 “cloud edition” to this iSCSI Server Field and just leave everything else default. It should look like what I have above. Once you are done with that – it takes you to the following screen:
12) Click on Close. – Notice your iSCSI Device / LUN shows up in the details section:
We are done with that part !! Now, let’s add it as a Datastore. Now from the Configuration Screen on your hosts – click on “Storage” – and then “Add Storage”
13) This should be straight forward – Click Next on “Disk/Lun” :
14) You should see your new iSCSI Lun in the options area – since this is a new lun, it needs to have a partition created – so click Next:
15) Name your datastore:
16) Select your block size – I just kept the default – Click Next:
17) That leaves us with the summary – click “Finish” and you just added your LUN to your host !!
18) Done !!
That was “easy peasy” as my kids would say. Now I’m going to vMotion some VM’s around and start to take advantage of this new space !! By the way, if you have one of the “Non-Cloud Edition” iomega devices (like the other one I have) – you should check out Trainsignal.com’s free video on how to add iSCSI to your lab – You should bookmark that whole site – David Davis has done a FANTASTIC job of publishing quick and easy “how to’s” around VMware.
If you have any questions – just let me know !!