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PowerCLI Cookbook by Philip Sellers

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Creating datastores on an ESXi host

With networking, VMware has done a lot of work to ease administration with the VMware Distributed Virtual Switch. In vSphere 5.5, VMware introduced Datastore Clusters that alleviate some of the management of datastores. However, from a provisioning standpoint, the initial setup of storage is still manual and can take a lot of manual steps. Scripting this makes a lot of sense in large environments.

Datastore and storage under vSphere is also different since some operations must be performed on the raw storage device and these steps are not repeated on every host. There are three types of storage connectivity that you might need to provision: NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel. For this example, you will focus on iSCSI ...

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