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iSCSI on VM?

I have a Dell iSCSI SAN that is hosted by a physical server.  The physical server is having hardware problems and I was thinking of replacing it with a ESX VM (hosted on another SAN - NOT the iSCSI SAN).  Is this possible?  In other words, the VM will host the iSCSI SAN with Microsoft iSCSI Initiator.
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philtpaikCommented:
If you mean just attaching the SAN to another host, it should be fine. I currently have all of my ESX servers connected to one SAN and also attach some additional drives via Microsoft iSCSI initiator to another SAN. Just treat the VM the exact same as you would a physical host.

Not sure if this is what you are asking, but if it is, it should work fine.

hope that helps
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rrsarge207Author Commented:
This is a first for me, attaching iSCSI to a host.  So it should be no problem to attach the iSCSI SAN as a drive via MS iSCSI Initiator?  I'm just wondering about using the VMware NIC drivers as opposed to the usual Broadcom (or Intel) drivers like you would use on a physical box.
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philtpaikCommented:
I have about 5 VMs that are directly attached to an iSCSI device as well and the it works perfectly fine.
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rrsarge207Author Commented:
Are you using TOE NICs on the host server?  I'm concerned about throughput.
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philtpaikCommented:
So far I have not seen any bandwidth issue on any of my boxes with iSCSI. We do have TOE on our servers (Dell M600 Blade Servers) however on one of my chassis we configured the daughter card to handle the iSCSI traffic and so far we have not seen any difference.

From what I've seen so far, iSCSI traffic is really minimal but every environment is different and you should monitor your traffic.
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