Are VMware VMDK disk images a supported shared storage method in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Cluster?

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  • Is VMFS backed VMDK disk images on VMWare guests supported by Red Hat Support for clustered filesystems such as GFS2?
  • Can I use VMDK disks with the multi-writer flag for GFS2?
  • Can I use VMDK disks as shared storage for my cluster?
  • I have 2 VMs running on VMware ESX Server, both connected through VCenter, need to know your best recommendation on configuring shared filesystem GFS on VMs?
  • Can I use clvm clustered LVM for managing shared storage on VMs running on VMware Hypervisor and part of High Availability Cluster?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6, or 7 with the High Availability or Resilient Storage Add On
  • All nodes in the cluster run on a VMWare vSphere / ESXi platform
  • Virtual shared storage presented to nodes from a VMWare VMDK disk image

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