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Dell PowerVault MD3600i/MD3620i/MD3600f/MD3620f storage arrays configured with VMware ESX/ESXi fail (1037925)

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  • Creating a VMFS datastore on a Dell MD3600i, MD3620i, MD3600f, or MD3620f fails
  • You see the error:

    Call "HostDatastoreSystem.CreateVmfsDatastore" for object "ha-datastoresystem" on ESXi "Host Name" failed.

  • This issue occurs when LUNs are present in the vSphere Client and vCenter Server under Configuration > Storage Adapters.


This issue is has been resolved in ESXi 4.1 Update 3. For more information, see VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-201208201-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 4.1 Firmware (2020374).

To work around this issue if you are using a Dell MD3600i/MD3620i or MD3600f/MD3620f array in your ESXi/ESX environment, you must add a claim rule to the ESXi/ESX host.

To add a claim rule:
  1. Log into the ESXi/ESX host as root.

  2. Run this command:

    • For Dell MD3600i/MD3620i:

      esxcli nmp satp addrule -V DELL -M MD36xxi -s VMW_SATP_LSI

    • For Dell MD3600f/MD3620f:

      esxcli nmp satp addrule -V DELL -M MD36xxf -s VMW_SATP_LSI

  3. Note: You must reboot the host for the changes to take effect.

  4. After rebooting the host, you must reload the rule with the correct PSP:

    esxcli nmp satp addrule -V DELL -M MD36xxf -s VMW_SATP_LSI --psp="VMW_PSP_MRU"

Additional Information

For more information, see Adding an MD3600i/MD3620i to the ESX Rule Set (Appendix A) section in the Dell™ PowerVault™ MD32xxi/MD36xxi Deployment Guide for VMware ESX 4.1 Server.


create-datastore datastore-filesystem

See Also

Update History

10/21/2011 - Added note to reboot the host

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