vSphere: Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode

vSphere: Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode

When using a ‘Virtual’ SCSI Bus Sharing controller on a VM Windows 2008 Cluster I was presented with the following error when creating disks via the vSphere Client:

Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode.

Neither VM would power on with the new disk attached.

To resolve this, create the new vDisk from the shell using the command: vmkfstools -d eagerzeroedthick -c 20G -a lsilogic DISKNAME.vmdk

The important part of this command is eagerzeroedthick without this, or using thin or zeroedthick will result in the the same error being presented at power-on of the VM.