Posts Tagged ‘removable storage’

Mapping internal (SATA, SAS, RAID, etc) disks from XenServer host to VM

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

In my post here, I have explained (actually – created a shell script) to map USB disks to VMs directly. While this is easy and simple, it becomes more challenging when you want to map internal SATA disks. They are not attached to the “Removable Storage” SR, and thus, behave differently.

The solution is to make them part of the “Removable Storage” group. This can be performed by adding the following two lines at the bottom of the XenServer’s /etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev.rules


ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sdb", SYMLINK+="xapi/block/%k", RUN+="/bin/sh -c '/opt/xensource/libexec/local-device-change %k 2>&1 >/dev/null&'"
ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="sdb", RUN+="/bin/sh -c '/opt/xensource/libexec/local-device-change %k 2>&1 >/dev/null&'"

Replace sdb with the device, as can be found using `cat /proc/partitions` (that way you can get the exact size, and compare it to what you expect to see). In this particular case, the device ‘sdb’ will be added to the “Removable Storage” group and then it’s all easy – just like I have described in my previous post.

I have had a great reference from here