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Connect a server to a MSA2012 network storage device

This may seem like a dumb question but how do I connect and MSA2012 network storage device to my server so that I can actually store data on it.? This is the first time I have used anykind of network storage so please don't make to much fun of me :-).
I have managed to greate the disk array and have created a volume on my disk array. I have also set up the Hos-Volume Relationship with is currently
all hosts   LUN 1  Port 0 Access read/write Port 1 Access read/write
I think I am ready to connect the server, but am unsure as to how. and I can't seem to find this info in the manual.

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mattolan
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
I Presume it's a MSA2012fc (there are 3 flavours of controller, fibrechannel iSCSI and SAS). Do you have  switches or are you cabling it point-to-point?

The user guide has how to cable it up but HP's site isn't working at the moment so I can't give you the URL, the interconnect and host port configuration matter, use loop when going point-to-point, direct connect when going through switches.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
its the 2012i which is the GB Network based version. I have the user guide and I found that also that it tells you how to cable it and do basic configuration of the unit itself but not how to connect the server to is so that you can access the volumes on it.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
it is set up through a swith
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Windows?

Download the iSCSI initiator from Microsoft, generally you use a seperate NIC (or two for redundancy) on a seperate subnet from the LAN and preferably on a seperate dedicated switch or two. then you enter the IP addresses in the iSCSI discovery tab, then when it has scanned these network addresses the targets appeat on the target tab and you logon to them, then you should see the LUN in disk administrator.

If you see a single LUN twice you need MPIO multipath driver - download from storage vendor.

If it's Linux I'm afraid I don't know how to do iSCSI.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
sorry yes its windows. I downloaded the iSCSI initiator and I was able to logon to the targets and it shows as connected. but on the bound Volumes/Devices tabs nothing shows up? how to I get the volume to show up? I did map the volume with read/write to the host I am attemping to map to.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
Nothing will appear under bound volumes unless you add those targets to the persistent bindings tab AFAIK. Does the disk show up in disk administrator?
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
yes it does. and no I didnt make the targets persistent.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
All is good then, assuming you want it to mount the disk at bootup add it to the persistent targets tab and set the automatically logon option under the target properties on target tab, once it is on persistent targets it can be set under bound devices (you might have to format & give drive letter first - I haven't used that tab). bound targets is really for clustering so you can make sure the target is available before the iSCSI initiator tells the OS it is started - so you can set the service dependances.

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mattolanAuthor Commented:
How are you with VMware esx server? now that I know I have my storage device set up and working and I can see it from a windows box I need to attach it in esx server. my ultimate end goal here is to use it to host some vm clients. I can open a different question if you think I should since technically you ansered this one for me.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
KI think you'd best open another question in VMware topic area. I don't think you can use the same disk though, ESX is Linux so the host OS type should probably be set differently on the MSA.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
here is the link to my new question. Thanks for the help
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Storage_Technology/Q_24328858.html
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
the disk is initiallized on the storage device but I haven't formatted it to anything yet. so if I can get it to connect vmware can format it to whatever it would like
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
I think you have to define the OS that is going to use it on the MSA but I haven't done the iSCSI flavour, you do have to define with F/C but probably because that's got several conflicting standards.
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