Trouble connecting ESX Cluster and ISCSI SAN

Posted on 2008-11-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
Fiscal hard times have mandated that planned virtualization work be accomplished in house. While I have used VMWare in the past the setup between VMWare and the storage solution is not clear. I have established a 2 server ESX cluster within the VMWare Virtual Center. I have also  installed, Initialized, and created a volume within the Equalogic San. My question is how does the ISCSI storage attach to the cluster. I have tried to use the Vkernel to add in the storage but the error message of only one vkernel can be assigned. Any help is appreciated.
Question by:SteveKendrick
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    what is the kind of issues that you are running into. would suggest to read these posts,

    This is about how to get it working for TWO esx servers

    can you be a bit clear if you want to use VMOTION or HA or DRS

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    You wont be adding iSCSI through a VMkernel switch. The VMkernel is used for Vmotion and iSCSI traffic. To add iSCSI, you need to add it as storage.

    On your VIC, click on your ESX and click on the CONFIGURATION tab
    Click on STORAGE ADAPTORS and in the top right pane click on iSCSI Software Adapter
    In the pane below it, click on Properties

    Click on CONFIGURE and Enable. The name will fill in on its own.
    Click on the DYNAMIC DISCOVERY tab and add your target (Equalogic iSCSI)

    Make sure on the to click on SECURITY PROFILE on left bottom SOFTWARE box and add iSCSI on the ESX firewall.

    On the Equalogic side, you need to register the two ESX host by iSCSI name. Not sure how to do this on the Equalogic, but I'm sure it will be an easy find if you dont know it already.

    Hope that helps.

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    I had already figured it out, but I appreciate everyone's input

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