VX9000 on AWS can't add secondary storage

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Hi,
Trying to add secondary storage for VX9000 instance on AWS, but it fails:
VX-AWS#service database use-secondary-storage 
************************************  WARNING  *************************************
** Execution of this command will configure this device to store the database     **
** files on a secondary drive.  This device will reload after execution.          **
** NOTE: Current database files will be erased.                                   **
************************************************************************************
Are you sure you want to proceed? (y/n): y
% Error: No available secondary block device: xvda
The problem is that there is indeed a secondary block storage device attached to the instance, but it shows as sdb in the AWS console.

Is there a way to tell the VX to used sdb and not xvda ?

Thanks!
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Can you tell us the VX900 firmware version? 
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Firmware version is: 5.8.6.8-002R
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Hey Andrew,

Long story short - secondary storage is not supported on AWS as there is a different approach to virtual disks.
This is also reason why you have to "convert" the virtual machine. On ESXi it obviously works



Taken from guide WiNG 5 Installation Guide: VX 9000 – Amazon EC2 Cloud



Regards,
Ondrej
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Thanks Ondrej.  I had seen that note, does it mean you can add secondary storage before exporting from ESXi and it will work when it is imported into EC2?  
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Good point, it might work but I do not have resources (AWS) to test it... 

Regards,
Ondrej