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Using FreeNAS as a SAN for an ESXi demo

May 21st, 2009

Nick has updated his Addicted to IT blog with his experiences of using FreeNAS with iSCSI with VMWare’s ESXi.

He writes, “I recently had to do a virtualization demo for a client. The need was to show a particular application stack running under ESXi, using storage mounted from a SAN.”

He ended-up using FreeNAS, and was actually quite impressed. What worked really well for him, was that FreeNAS is downloadable as an ESX virtual machine – which meant he could just download it and run as a VM inside an existing ESXi host. After getting it fired-up on “serverA”, he stepped through the base configuration, got some storage carved out and exposed via iSCSI, and then he just mounted it up inside a different ESXi machine (serverB). After doing do, he was able to copy his pre-configured VM’s to the newly created datastore. He then fired up his VM sessions on “serverA”, they used the FreeNAS storage provided from serverB, and his portable demo environment was ready.

Read more here: Addicted to IT: Using FreeNAS as a SAN for an ESXi demo

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  1. May 21st, 2009 at 03:39 | #1

    Luckily he did not try NFS for that. My tests with esxi, NFS and Freenas did’nt convince me. NFS was really slow. iscsi did a way better job.

  2. May 22nd, 2009 at 11:32 | #2

    No – I didn’t bother with NFS. I really didn’t expect it to work as well as it did. Doing the actual iSCSI config was a bit confusing – but it might just be my lack of experience with FreeNAS… I’ll post a write-up on what I did.

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  3. May 29th, 2010 at 05:35 | #3

    How did you set up iSCSI in FreeNas to work with ESXi, it never worked for me?

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