Unable to import vmdk file disks into a cluster when using VMWare

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When using vmdk file disks in a VMWare ESX cluster, the disks may be inaccessible depending on the settings of the VMWare guest.

Error Message

Failed to reserve a majority of disks in a cluster dynamic disk group

INTERNAL Error - No valid disk found containing dynamic disk group


Note: VMWare maintains an article with links to useful documentation about configuring a cluster in a VMWare environment. The documentation refers to Microsoft clusters, but the same guidelines apply to Veritas clusters. This article is located here: kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do

 1. From the settings of the VMWare guest, set the SCSI sharing type to "Virtual."

a. Start the VMWare VSphere client.

b. From the inventory, right-click on the guest virtual machine (VM).

c. Click "Edit Settings."

d. From the Virtual Machine Properties, click the "Hardware" tab.

e. Select the SCSI controller that is associated with the shared storage.

f. From SCSI Bus Sharing, select "Virtual." 

2. From the Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA) control panel, select SCSI-2.

a. Start Veritas Enterprise Administrator (VEA).

b. Click "Control Panel."

c. From "Browse Domain," expand the selections and click "StorageAgent"

d. Double-click "System Settings."

e. Click "SCSI Support."

f. Select "SCSI-2 support."

g. Restart SFW service

   **Refer to TECH51494 in related articles for full details about restarting SFW services.

         Veritas Enterprise Administrator Service for 6.x

             i. net stop vxsvc

             ii. net start vxsvc

         Veritas Storage Agent Service for 5.x

             i. net stop vxvm

             ii. net start vxvm

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