3.6 Adding a SAN LUN to Forge

PlateSpin Forge supports the use of Storage Area Network (SAN) storage, as described in the PlateSpin Forge 2.5 Getting Started Guide, but before Forge can access an existing SAN, a SAN Logical Unit (LUN) needs to be added to Forge’s ESX.

NOTE:If the VMware Infrastructure Client is already installed, skip to Step 3.

  1. From a workstation other than your Forge appliance, open a Web browser and navigate to the ESX Server’s IP address (the first IP address you configured when you set up your Forge appliance).

  2. Click the Download VMware Infrastructure Client link, then follow the instructions to download and install the software. Ignore any SSL warnings.

  3. On your Forge appliance, select Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Infrastructure Client.

  4. Log in, using the ESX Server’s IP address and the username/password you set up when the appliance was initially configured.

    The VIC Inventory UI is displayed.

  5. Click the Forge node in the Inventory panel.

  6. Click the Configuration tab.

  7. Click the Add Storage hyperlink in the upper right.

  8. In the Add Storage Wizard, click Next.

  9. Click Next.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Specify a datastore name and click Next.

  12. Click Next.

  13. Click Finish.

  14. Click Storage under Hardware to see the Forge’s datastores. The newly added SAN LUN should appear in the window.

  15. Quit the VIC.

    From Forge, the new datastore won’t show up until the next replication runs and the Application Host is refreshed. You can force a refresh by selecting Settings > Application Host > Refresh Host.

You can now see the new datastore when adding and working with workloads.