Connect NFS Storage To VSphere 4 And 5

If you have a Vmware host that you would like to connect to NFS storage to use for Virtual Machines or general storage then follow the guide below to connect an iSCSI SAN to your VMware hosts then follow this link.

There are two stages to this process, first we need to connect the VMware Host to the storage physically and configure the Vswitch, then we need to configure the VMware Host to actually see the storage and use it.

So first , on your host choose a free NIC and connect it either directly to your NFS storage or via a switch. We then need to configure the  hosts networking to see it.

In the VI client select your host and the select the configure tab.

 

vmware add nfs storage

vmware add nfs storage

Then select configuration

vmware nfs configuration

vmware nfs configuration

 

 

We then need to select Networking then Add Networking. Once in there you will see the screen below, we need to add a VMware VMKernel, then click next.

 

NFS vmware kernel

NFS vmware kernel

 

 

You will then be present with an option to select what network card the VMKernel will use, select eh card that you have plugged into the host to the NFS storage/switch.

 

Label the VSwitch accordingly, im calling mine NFS, we don’t need any other options for traffic management etc.

NFS vmware label

NFS vmware label

 

 

We then need to give the VMKernel port and ip address, give it a static address in the same range as your NFS device.

nfs storage vmware

nfs storage vmware

 

Once done, select next, then finish. You will see the vswitch is now created so the host can now see the storage.

vmware nfs vswitch

vmware nfs vswitch

 

We now need to present the storage to the host.On the hardware menu, select storage then add storage. You will be presented with what type of storage we need to add. Select Network File System.

 

Connect nfs storage to vmware

Connect nfs storage to vmware

 

 

On the next screen enter the correct details Server= host name or ip address of the server. Folder = the folder on the storage. Mine is NFS. Then enter what you would like to call the storage, any name will do.

 

configure nfs in vmware

configure nfs in vmware

 

 

Then click next and finish. It will go away and add the nfs storage. You will then see the NFS storage available for select and use. Job done

 

nfs present to vmware

nfs present to vmware

 

Tags: NFS Storage, Virtual Centre

Allen White

Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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