I have created an ESX 4 lab on my Quad Core /8GB HP desktop that runs inside of VMware workstation 7. In this lab I am running 2 x ESX hosts, a VC VM, and an Openfiler iSCSI appliance. This environment works for 90% of my testing needs.
I would like to get a StorCenter Network Storage iSCSi but I was wondering if I need to get iSCSI hardware nic or If I could use the regular ethernet NICs on my current system. I am going to keep the ESX hosts inside VM work 7 and replace the iSCSI Open filer.
How should I peform the setup? Do I need extra components besides 2 ethernet nics and the iSCSI Iomega device? The ethernet NICs are certified by VMWare.