USB Devices as VMFS Datastore in v. Sphere ESXi 6. 0. In the last years Ive seen many requests in forums and blogs where people are trying to use USB devices like USB sticks or external hard disks as VMFS formatted datastore. Install-and-Configure-VMware-ESXi-14.png' alt='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' title='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' />NTP is a very simple service You can install Meinberg NTP on vCenter not on AD servers Or install Ubuntu 10. LTS on a new vm Clients query it like once. I have ESXi running on both i5 nuc and a variety of supermicro XeonD miniitx with 32GB128GB memory and I can confirm that they both run great. How I learned to never be wrong, and you can too. Oct 27, 2017 Jonathan Frappier. Before the Boston VMUG User Conference ends for the day, they have an event. UNetbootin.png' alt='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' title='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' />So it has been a while since I have built a TFTP server and the opportunity came up to do this again to do some ESXi deployments. I wanted the ability to do. If you are reading this you problebly already knew what is Xpenology. I havnt had a chance to try it. Recently jun released the Xpenology boot loader 1. DSM. Everytime I reboot my ESXi 5 host it returns to an old configuration connected to old datastores and listing old virtual machines. I have found a few oddities which. Updated instalation instruction in BIOS enable CSM on UEFI boards and set it to Legacy mode in BIOS disable Secure Boot create USB Bootable device using. It was actually possible in v. Sphere 5, but very picky. Some USB flash drives were working, others not. In v. Sphere 6, this behavior has been changed obviously. This post explains how you can use USB devices as datastore on your ESXi host. Of course, this is neither a supported, nor a performant storage solution, so use at your own risk. Update If you are looking for USB VMFS Datastores in v. Sphere 6. 5, read this article. Create VMFS Datastore on USB drives. Connect to the ESXi host with SSHStop the USB arbitrator service. This service is used to passthrough USB device from an ESXESXi host to a virtual machine. When disabling it, you can no longer passthrough USB devices to VMs. Use this command to permanently disable the USB arbitrator service after reboot. Plug in the USB Device to your ESXi host. Get the device identifier mpx. XX. You should see the USB Device in devdisks. Write a GPT label to the device Assuming that the Device ID is mpx. Util mklabel devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt. To create a partition you need to know the start sector, end sector, which depends on the device size and the GUID. The start sector is always 2. The GUID for VMFS is AA3. UAOBweqWhw/Uv1ETJUgrjI/AAAAAAAAAeQ/a_VaUVLr5FE/s1600/1_Install_EXSi_OS_using_USB_files_image007.png' alt='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' title='Install Esxi From Usb Ubuntu' />USBVMware ESXi 5. USBUSB. E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. C2. 91. D1. B8. The end sector can be calculated with the following formula Use the numbers from getptbl parted. Util getptbl devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0. 1. 94. You can also calculate the endsector with the following command eval expr parted. Util getptbl devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 tail 1 awk print 1 2 3 1. Create the VMFS partition Replace with your endsector. Util setptbl devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt 1 2. AA3. 1E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. 59. 00. C2. 91. 1D1. B8 0Format the partition with VMFS5. C vmfs. 5 S USB Stick devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1. The USB Stick should now appear in your datastores view. And the final proof is a virtual machine running on it This is how your command output should look like parted. Util mklabel devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt. Util getptbl devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 tail 1 awk print 1 2 3 1. Util setptbl devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt 1 2. AA3. 1E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. 59. 00. C2. 91. 1D1. B8 0. AA3. 1E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. 59. 00. C2. 91. 1D1. B8 0. C vmfs. 5 S USB Stick devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1. create fs device. Name devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1, fs. Short. Name vmfs. Name USB Stick. Full. Path devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1 device. File mpx. vmhba. C0 T0 L0 1. ATS on device devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1 not supported. Checking if remote hosts are using this device as a valid file system. This may take a few seconds. Creating vmfs. 5 file system on mpx. C0 T0 L0 1 with block. Size 1. 04. 85. 76 and volume label USB Stick. Successfully created new volume 5. Performance. You cant expect much performance out of usb flash drives. To see whats possible Ive connected a Samsung m. SATA SSD 8. 40 EVO 2. GB to my Intel NUCs NUC5i. MYHE USB3 port and created a VMFS datastore on it. Unfortunatelly its detected as USB 2 device. There is a USB 3. That seems to be a common problem, I dont know if its actually possible at the moment. Update October 1. Figured out why devices are detected as USB 2. Devices now with full USB 3. Performance test results updated. Max Write Throughput 3. MBs. Max Read Throughput 3. MBs. Max Write IOPS 8. CMDSs. Max Write IOPS 8. CMDSs. Throughput Test IOPS Test Mixed IO Test IO Analyzer Exchange 2. Is it possible with ESXi 5. USB Devices in ESXi 5. Some devices work, others not. I couldnt figure out why, but it is definitely related to ESXi 5. Ive use the same procedure on the same hardware with the same flash drives. ESXi 6. 0 takes all devices without any Issues, ESXi 5. In ESXi 5. 5 the output for non working devices looks like this devdisks parted. Util mklabel mpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt. Util getptbl mpx. C0 T0 L0 tail 1 awk print 1 2 3 1. Util setptbl mpx. C0 T0 L0 gpt 1 2. AA3. 1E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. 59. 00. C2. 91. 1D1. B8 0. AA3. 1E0. 2A4. 00. F1. 1DB9. 59. 00. C2. 91. 1D1. B8 0. C vmfs. 5 S terra mpx. C0 T0 L0 1. create fs device. Name mpx. vmhba. C0 T0 L0 1, fs. Short. Name vmfs. Name terra. device. Full. Path devdisksmpx. C0 T0 L0 1 device. File mpx. vmhba. C0 T0 L0 1. Checking if remote hosts are using this device as a valid file system. This may take a few seconds. Creating vmfs. 5 file system on mpx. C0 T0 L0 1 with block. Size 1. 04. 85. 76 and volume label terra. Usage vmkfstools C vmfs. C vmfs. 3vmfs. 5 vmfsdevicesdisksnaa. C vmfs. 3vmfs. 5 vmfsdevicesdisksmpx. A T L P. Error vmkfstools failed vmkernel is not loaded or call not implemented. To workaround that, Ive tried to create the datastore with ESXi 6, and plugged it into an ESXi 5. No success. The datastore is recognized but appears as inactiveunmounted. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. WARNING Lin. Scsi. LLD scsiaddhost 5. Adapter usb storage sg. Max. Entries rounded to 2. Reported size was 6. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. DMA 6. DMA Engine vmhba. DMANull. 2. 01. 5 1. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. How To Install Mtk Usb Driver Manually On Windows here. Scsi. Npiv 1. 50. Get. Info for adapter vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 8. Z cpu. Scsi. Npiv 1. 50. Get. Info for adapter vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. SCSI revision number 0 on vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. SCSI revision number from 0 to 2 on vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Scsi. Scan 9. 76 Path vmhba. C0 T0 L0 Vendor Model Patriot Memory Rev PMAP. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Scsi. Scan 9. 79 Path vmhba. C0 T0 L0 Type 0x. ANSI rev 2, TPGS 0 none. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Scsi. Uid 2. 73 Path vmhba. C0 T0 L0 does not support VPD Device Id page. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Scsi. Scan 1. 10. Path vmhba. C0 T0 L0 No standard UID Failure. ANSI version SCSI 2 0x. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. VMWARE SCSI Id Could not get disk id for vmhba. C0 T0 L0. 2. 01. T1. Z cpu. 1 3. 70. 03Scsi. Scan 1. 50. 3 Add path vmhba. C0 T0 L0. 2. 01. T1. Z cpu. 1 3. 70. 03Scsi. Path 4. 69. 5 Plugin NMP claimed path vmhba. C0 T0 L0. 2. 01. T1. Z cpu. 0 3. 70. 02usb storage detected SCSI revision number 0 on vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. SCSI revision number from 0 to 2 on vmhba. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Scsi. Uid 2. 73 Path vmhba. C0 T0 L0 does not support VPD Device Id page. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. VMWARE SCSI Id Could not get disk id for vmhba. C0 T0 L0. 2. 01. T1. Z cpu. 3 3. 70. 03vmwpspfixed pspfixed. Select. Path. To. Activate. Int 4. Changing active path from NONE to vmhba. C0 T0 L0 for device Unregistered Device. T1. 9 4. 4 0. 9. Z cpu. Storage. Apd. Handler 6. APD Handle Created with lockStorage. Apd. 0x. 41. 08. 97. Install PROXMOX VE From a USB STICK Griffons IT Library. Hello World,Update information This procedure has been tested with the latest version of Proxmox VE 1. If you want to deploy Proxmox VE 2. You should use the procedure described athttp c nergy. The process is much simpler and faster. Proxmox VE 2. In one of my previouspost about Prox. Mox VE, I mentioned that at the moment it is not possible to perform a Prox. Mox VE installation from a bootable usb sitck. Up to Version 1. 7, there is no support for installing from a USB thumbdrive. This is quite disappointing Especially when you know that Vmware or Hyper V can be installed quite easily from a USB Stick. I came across this limitation during the re installation of a test environment. I didnt want to burn a new cdrom from the the Prox. Mox VE iso image. So, I thought that by using utility such as unetbootin, I would transfer the ISO image into a bootable USB Stick and perform the installation from the USB Well not quite The USB drive will boot without any problem but the Prox. Mox VE installer will not start and your system will reboot This behavior can be explained by the fact that the script used by the Prox. Mox VE installer checks only for CDROM devices. More information about this can be found on the Prox. Mox VE forums see these links http forum. Install Proxmox VE from a flash disk http forum. USB Installation. At this point, we just need to find a way to have the system launching the setup routine even if no CDROM devices are detected. Lets try doing this right now Installing Prox. Mox VE from a USB Stick Yes, you can After some tests try and errors, I succeeded on 2 differents hardware configuration to start the Prox. Mox VE installation from a USB Stick To perform the installation from the usb stick, you need to manually enter some commands from the terminal session. It might be possible to modify the init file and include the missing code to have the installer detecting USB devices and perform the installation from a USB Stick. But I think that the Team behind the Prox. Mox VE will probably integrate such capabilities in the next release. So lets go To perform your installation, you will need the following Download the Prox. Mox VE Iso file from here. Download a tool that will convert your usb stick into a bootable one for example, unetbootin or usb universal installerUSB Stick with 1 GB of RAM or 5. MB can still do ita computer capable of booting from a Usb drive. Step 1 Creatingconfiguring your Bootable Usb Stick. For this post, I was using a Windows machine and decided to give a try to the usb universal installer. You simply download the utility, double click on the exe file and accept the license agreement. Within the application, you specify which drive letter is your USB Stick and where is located the ISO file you want to use. Note that I have choosen for the distribution the option Unlisted Linux ISOYou simply press create and you wait for the process to complete. At the end, if you explore the content of your usb stick, you will see something like this. This is the default file structure coming from the PROXMOX VE binaries. Optional. To save on disk space, you can delete all the folders except the boot folder. Because we will be installing from an ISO image, we do not really need all these files. So, my bootable USB stick looks like something like the screenshot below. Do not forget to copy your proxmox iso image at the root of the Usb stick see above screenshot. At this stage, you should have a bootable USB stick and you should be ready to plug this stick into your computer that will be hosting the Prox. Mox VE software. Step 2 Boot from USB in Debug mode. In this step, you simply boot your machine from the usb stick you have just prepared. If everything is correctly set, you will see the PROXMOX VE splash boot menu. Do not boot in normal mode. If you boot in normal mode, the system will reboot automatically because no cdrom device will be founded. Instead, boot in debug mode. To start in debug mode, simply type at the prompt debug see screenshot belowclick on the picture to enlarge. If you monitor the booting process, you should see that USB Mass storage devices are detected. You do not need to do anything at this stage. This is only informational. Wait for the boot process to completeclick on the picture to enlarge. When the boot process is completed, you will see a message similar to no cdrom found unable to continue type exit or Ctrl D to rebootAt that stage, you have access to a console where you can issue a set of commands. If you have reached this point, you can move to step 3. Step 3 Identify your usb device and mount it. Based on the hardware configuration, the Usb Device can be identified by the system differently. So, we will first need to identify how the usb device is recognized by the system. Because i have a limited set of command I cannot use lsub, ill be using the old fdisk command. From the console, Ill simply type fdisk l. This command will return the disks and partition available on the system. From the screenshot below, I know that my usb drive is mapped as devsdb. GB in size. In your computer, this might be a different mapping. On my other system, the usb drive is mapped to devsdd. So, please check Ok So you have identified your usb device. We now simply need to mount this device. You can issue the famous mount commandmount devsdb. Please change this value to reflect your settingsYou can also check that the usb device is now mounted by simply typing mount see screenshot belowclick on the picture to enlarge. Step 4 Mount the ISO file and manually start the Installer routine from the command lineAlmost there. We now need to issue 2 additional commands and we are ready to perform the installation of the Prox. Mox VE from our usb stick. The following screenshot shows you the command that needs to be run on the system to start the Prox. Mox VE Installer. First, we need to mount the iso image containing the Prox. Prison Break S03e14. Mox Ve binaries. This is quite straightforward. We simply need to issue the following command mount o loop t iso. To ensure that the mount operation succeeded and that a loop device is detected by the system, you can type again the command mount. Finally, we need to manually issue the command that will start the Prox. Mox Ve installer. From the console, you simply typechroot mnt sbinunconfigured. If everything works as expected, you should see the Prox. Mox VE installer the GUI basically and you can go through the wizard to perform your installation. Conclusions. This post explains in detail how to have a successful installation of Prox. Mox VE from a USB bootable drive. The procedure is not too complex and you just need to issue a bunch of command from the console. I really hope that the next release of Prox. Mox VE will take into account that more and more people are performing installation from Usb sticks. I hope that this post will be useful to other people out there using Prox. Mox VEThis procedure is working for me. I cannot guarantee that this will be working on all situation but you can give it a try Till next timesee ya.
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