I loaded the NetApp Simulator on an ESXi server to test something in our virtual lab.
We have a project that we need to replicate what a customer is doing so we can test VMs that use RAW disk mappings.
We need to replicate 6 to 8 disk that are RAW mapped to VMs
I followed an example to install and configure a single node cluster. It defaults to multiple disk (56 disk with 52 available at 3.93 GB) and it looks like I have about 147 GB of space to create disk(s). I am now at a point where i need to replicate 4 to 8 disk.
In the attached, I see 147.66 GB of usable space.
Do I need to create an aggregate for the 6 to 8 RAW disks or multiple aggregates for each disk?
What would be the steps necessary to accomplish setting up the disk mapping as RAW to the VMs
The GUI layout drifts a bit from version to version, but look under Storage->LUNs, then there are tabs for both LUNs and Initiator groups. Suggest you create the initiator group first using the iSCSI IQNs of your ESX hosts, then create and map LUNs to that initiator group.
Back on the vSphere side, rescan the iscsi storage adapters to see the LUNs, which you can then map to VMs as RDMs.