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OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

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Hi,

 

I wonder if OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator is supposed to work on ESXi 5.1 hypervisor?

 

I downloaded vsim-DOT812-7m-esx.tgz and followed the instructions provided of how to deploy it, the VM fails to start with the following:

 

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2013-03-05T10:18:34.291Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-CHAINESX : ChainESXOpenSubChainSmiley Sad0) fid = 2489681, extentType = 0

2013-03-05T10:18:34.294Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-CHAINESX : ChainESXOpenSubChainSmiley Sad0) fid = 2260306, extentType = 0

2013-03-05T10:18:34.296Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-CHAINESX : ChainESXOpenSubChainSmiley Sad0) fid = 2620755, extentType = 0

2013-03-05T10:18:34.297Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-CHAINESX : ChainESXOpenSubChainNode: can't create multiextent node 4d4306f3-DataONTAP-s001.vmdk failed with error The system cannot find the file specified (0xbad0003, Not found)

2013-03-05T10:18:34.326Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-CHAIN : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk" : failed to open (The system cannot find the file specified).

2013-03-05T10:18:34.327Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-VMFS  : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-s001.vmdk" : closed.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.327Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-VMFS  : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-s002.vmdk" : closed.

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2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-VMFS  : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-s124.vmdk" : closed.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-VMFS  : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-s125.vmdk" : closed.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-VMFS  : "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-s126.vmdk" : closed.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: DISKLIB-LIB   : Failed to open '/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk' with flags 0xa The system cannot find the file specified (25).

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: Msg_Post: Error

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: [msg.disk.fileNotFound] VMware ESX cannot find the virtual disk "/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk". Verify the path is valid and try again.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: [msg.disklib.FILENOTFOUND] The system cannot find the file specified

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: [msg.disk.noBackEnd] Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.

2013-03-05T10:18:34.337Z| vmx| I120: ----------------------------------------

 

The file in question is of course there:

 

/vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01 # ls -al /vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk

-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root          5326 Mar  5 10:17 /vmfs/volumes/4dd2f7fa-10315a8b-a027-e83935b9cf50/vsim-DOT812-7m_01/DataONTAP-sim.vmdk

 

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks,

Vladimir

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Hello,

if you're looking to evaluate Data ONTAP in VMware maybe just try this,

http://www.netapp.com/us/forms/ontap-test-drive.aspx

I havn't used the simulator in a really long time, but if you right click the VM and look at the hardware, I think one of those is actually meant for VM player or something. (I think!)

Here is the guide.

http://support.netapp.com/NOW/knowledge/docs/simulate_ontap/Simulate_ONTAP_8.1.2.pdf

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Hi,

Thanks for the link, judging by *.ova file extension I'd say that VMWare Player / ESXi template file. I'm going to try it.

However it says "Data ONTAP Edge 8.1.1 Evaluation" .. I'm not sure about the "Edge" bit. Is it "normal" OnTAP or something "special"?

I'm preparing an internal training for my colleagues and ideally need to have some working VM's over here.

Cheers,

Vladimir

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Hi Vladimir,

the simulator relies on the VMware module multiextent which isn't loaded by default with ESXi 5.1:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2036572

After loading the multiextent module you should be able to import the simulator, but you have to convert the disks like mentioned in the kb article since the module-load won't be persistent across reboots of the ESXi host.

Best regards,

Bernd

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Hi Bernd,

Thanks a lot! I followed the KB and converted the default VM into the VMFS format, it works now.

Some more details:

1. Convert the default images as the KB suggests.

2. Start the VM and get to the point where OnTAP automatically reboot. not being able to find disks.

3. Click "CTRL+C" to get into "Maintenance menu".

4. Choose item 4. to initialize OnTAP.

Vladimir

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Hi,

It's similar on DOT 8.2 in Clustered Ontap:

  1. type vmkload_mod multiextent in the ESXi shell
  2. boot VM
  3. press "ctrl-c" when option arrives
  4. go for option 4 to initialize all disks

Grtz,

Christian Smet

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Search for:

# vmkload_mod multiextent

Disk changes made:

/vsim_esx-7m # vmkfstools -i DataONTAP-sim.vmdk DataONTAP-new-sim.vmdk -d thin

Destination disk format: VMFS thin-provisioned Cloning disk 'DataONTAP-sim.vmdk'... Clone: 100% done.

/vsim_esx-7m # mv DataONTAP-sim.vmdk DataONTAP-sim-old.vmdk

/vsim_esx-7m # mv DataONTAP-new-sim.vmdk DataONTAP-sim.vmdk

vsim_esx-7m # vmkload_mod -u multiextent

Module multiextent successfully unloaded VM powering up!

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

the easy and simple way is to use converter when transferring or uploading to ESXi or another virtualization is to use vmware converter to avoid these errors.

works for me..

Re: OnTAP 8.1.2 simulator with ESXi 5.1

Thank for this information. It helped a lot

Is it correct that I can delete the following files on the ESXi after converting the DataONTAP-sim.vmdk?

- all the DataONTAP-sXXX.vmdk files

- the original DataONTAP-sim.vmdk