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mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

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I am trying to get mbralign to align one of my WinXP vmdk-files. I can use mbralign --scan "path" and get the message that this vmdk is not aligned.

With the machine still be shut down, I remove the --scan from the command, and then it starts trying other vmdk's on the host's VMFS volumes instead of the one I am pointing it to...?

Host is ESX4.1u1

Host Utilities are version 5.2.1

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Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

afgitdepartment

i'm having the same problems. i will post if i find any resolution

do your vmdk files by chance have a hypen in their name?

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

afgitdepartment

i believe i found a solution.  the mbrscan and mbralign in the  ESX 5.1 Host Utilities worked.

i first copied the host utility netapp_esx_host_utilities_5_1.tar.gz file to the esx host, then extracted this file with "tar -zxvf netapp_esx_host_utilities_5_1.tar.gz", then cd into netapp_esx_host_utilities_5_1, then run a "tar -xvf sanlun_bin_netapp.tar" and then cd into opt/netapp/santools and run the mbrscan and mbralign in there.

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

support_4

I've used the old version before too - but it broke the vmdk-files after updating to ESX4.1 and running it from a host on this version.

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

brendan80

Did anyone find a solution to the issue with mbralign V1.4?

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

droach

Anyone find a solution?  I have the same problem with mbralign where I tell it to align a particular VM and it goes off searching through every datastore looking at vmdk files of other machines.  A --scan or --preview finds the VM just fine, but when I remove the --scan or --preview it goes off searching every datastore.

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

HSAVELKOUL

Same problem here also. Scan works fine, but when trying to align the machine it seaches every datastore, then comes up with the message:

The same vmdk was found in multiple vmx files.

Please give explicit path to vmdk file location

This is not the case. the vmdk is only used in one VM.

When I try to specify the explicit path to the vmdk file location it comes up with the same error stated above.

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

afgitdepartment

use the 5.1 tools...i've had no problem with them.

Matt.

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

HSAVELKOUL

I'd rather not do that if it corrupts VMDK files on ESX4.1:

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I've used the old version before too - but it broke the vmdk-files after updating to ESX4.1 and running it from a host on this version.

Re: mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

afgitdepartment

I have not had the problem with 4.1. Make a backup of the vmdk before and try it.

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I'd rather not do that if it corrupts VMDK files on ESX4.1:

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I've used the old version before too - but it broke the vmdk-files after updating to ESX4.1 and running it from a host on this version.

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I am trying to get mbralign to align one of my WinXP vmdk-files. I can use mbralign --scan "path" and get the message that this vmdk is not aligned. With the machine still be shut down, I remove the --scan from the command, and then it starts trying other vmdk's on the host's VMFS volumes instead of the one I am pointing it to...? Host is ESX4.1u1 Host Utilities are version 5.2.1

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mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

droach

The 5.1 version corrupted our templates.  VM's created from them were unbootable after running the 5.1 mbralign tool.  This is a "known" issue with 5.1 mbralign.

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

ryanbradley

Same thing is happening to me. Scan and Preview work ok, but when I run MBRAlign on its own it scans through all datastores.

As a workaround I have moved the VM to be aligned to a local datastore on the ESX Host.

The MBRAlign tool then worked OK.

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

HSAVELKOUL

The workaround to put the VM on the local storage works fine for me too. Unfortunately not all our vm's will fit on local storage

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

SIGEPSPAM

we found the same problem/resolution -- moving the VM to local storage on the temporary ESX (not ESXi) server let us use the v5.2.1 mbralign tool. However -- we ran into issues with large VM's not fitting into the available free space on this local drive. I even tried moving the backup-align files to the SAN datastores, but nothing. I too have a technical support case open with no luck. They actually closed the ticket and tried to pawn me off to Professional Services to pay for them to fix the issue. Whack.

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

rodrigon

For this reason (we ran into issues with large VM's not fitting into the available free space on this local drive.), I installed an ESX 4, put it in ESX cluster and ran mbralign direct on the datastore.

Nasc

NetApp - Enjoy it!

mbralign 5.2.1 will not align the correct file

SIGEPSPAM

Nasc -- so if I ditch my temporary ESX4.1 server and re-install v4.0 -- will the current version (5.2.1) of mbralign work? I tried finding older versions on the NOW site to no avail. thanks...

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