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Unable to initialize a new OnTAP vsim 9.9.1 (

NBS-System

Hello !

 

I am unable to pop a new OnTAP vsim using the 9.9.1 OVA on ESXi.

 

I got this message in a loop, and the vsim never reaches the cluster initialization dialog:

 

vsim_9.9.1_hung.png

 

Has anyone had this problem before ?

 

Have a nice day !

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NBS-System
Well, turns out the issue is quite simple and I should have probably guessed it before seeing the errors the vsim used to throw:
 
* Deploying a 9.9.1 vsim on an ESXi running on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5670 @ 2.93GHz = broken
* Deploying a 9.9.1 vsim on an ESXi running on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz = works
 

I reckon OnTAP 9.9.1 simply uses CPU instructions the (quite obsolete) X5670 simply does not have, maybe SSE3 or something like that.

 

Well, in case someone has the same problem one day and finds this post: try using a more modern CPU, and you'll probably be fine (that is, until vsim OnTAP really stops supporting ESXi for real)

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NBS-System

Note, a 9.7 vsim initializes without any issue on the same hypervisor, so this is either a 9.9.1 vsim issue, or a new hardware requirement (like a missing CPU feature or whatnot):

 

vsim_9.7_ok.png

TMAC_CTG

So, tell me again anyplace in the vsim documentation where 9.9.1 is supported on ESXi?

 

i clearly see support for fusion on Mac and workstation pro and workstation player on windows

 

 nothing for ESXi. 

i think if you want to use ESXi you would have to start with the 9.5 image and upgrade your way through. Of course you will likely run into (different)  issues doing that also

Fabian1993
 

darb0505

@NBS-System,

 

As mention in a previous post, it looks like on the ONTAP 9.9.1 install /setup documentation there are no steps to setup ONTAP 9.9.1 in ESXi.  It looks like the last version to include ESXi steps was ONTAP 9.5.  You should be able to deploy 9.5 and upgrade to 9.9.1 unless there has been a change in specific requirements for 9.9.1.

 

 

 

 

Team NetApp

NBS-System

Thank you guys, I'll just want to make things a little bit more clear about the context 🙂

 

I use vsims in ESXi because at the moment, I have no beefy enough machines with VMWare workstation on 'em, and I am perfectly aware that running on ESXi since vsim 9.6 MAY work but is not officially supported.

 

It used to work perfectly at least until 9.7 (even VMWare tools-enabled!) so I pushed my luck a little bit by asking if someone had by any chance got a 9.9.1 vsim running on ESXi, I would have gone through regular support if I was running a supported configuration.

 

For "scientific curiosity", I'll try to go from 9.7 to 9.9.1 and see how it goes, I have no absolute need for it to work at the moment so it will be for fun 🙂

 

Thanks for the advice!

NBS-System
Well, turns out the issue is quite simple and I should have probably guessed it before seeing the errors the vsim used to throw:
 
* Deploying a 9.9.1 vsim on an ESXi running on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5670 @ 2.93GHz = broken
* Deploying a 9.9.1 vsim on an ESXi running on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz = works
 

I reckon OnTAP 9.9.1 simply uses CPU instructions the (quite obsolete) X5670 simply does not have, maybe SSE3 or something like that.

 

Well, in case someone has the same problem one day and finds this post: try using a more modern CPU, and you'll probably be fine (that is, until vsim OnTAP really stops supporting ESXi for real)

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NBS-System

Actually, the OnTAP Select download page states:

 

> Warning : Starting with 9.9.1, only CPU models from Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge or later are supported (...)

 

I am pretty sure the same applies to the vsim, either running on ESXi or a VMWare Workstation setup.

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