In the process of building my ESXi 4.1 server, I realized that I needed a place to house all my Cisco UC ISOs. Not wanting to consume precious disk space on my IBM x3550 M3 server, I opted to use my old DNS-321 NAS as a data store.
What follows are the steps to configure a DNS-321 as a NFS datastore:
DNS-321 NAS Configuration
- Update the D-Link DNS-321 NAS to at least firmware 1.03. If you are using an older version of firmware, you will not have the option to create an NFS.
- Create a folder on the D-Link DNS-321. I created a basic folder on the volume called ‘STORAGE-VM’ (short for Virtual Machines).
- Create a user on the DNS-321 and give them full permissions to the folder you have just created.
- Click on the Advanced Tab at the top of the DNS-321 Web Page; then click on the Network Access Tab on the left had side of the page.
- Click the button to enable the NFS Server and then click Apply button.
- Under the ‘Network Access Settings’ Section; change the type to NFS.
- The host should be 192.168.50.0/24 (or whatever your internal address is; be sure to add the subnet).
- For folder; click the browse button and browse to the folder you have just created on the NAS. Note: You cannot use the root folder (e.g. Volume_1). It must be a folder within the root folder.
- Permissions: Change to R/W (Read/Write)
- Root Squash: Yes
- Click Apply button
- You will then see the NFS added under the NFS Access List. Take note of the Real Path: /mnt/HD_a2/Folder (it may be different from this)
ESXi 4.1 Server Configuration
- Create a new user with the same user name as the user created in the D-Link DNS-321. Make both passwords the same. Be sure to give the appropriate permissions to the new user so they can login into the ESXi server and added a datastore (ESXi vSphere -> Permissions Tab)
- Login into vSphere with new user.
- Go to the Configuration Tab -> Click on Storage on the right hand side.
- Click the Add Storage link in the top right hand side. A new window will open.
- Select Network File Storage as the storage type and select next.
- Under properties enter the following for server: ’192.168.50.XX’ (Use the internal address of your D-Link DNS-321 NAS).
- Under properties enter the following for folder: ‘/mnt/HD_a2/Folder’ (This will be the root path of the folder you setup in the NAS).
- Under Datastore Name add an appropriate name to identify the new datastore in ESXi