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Is there a SAN simulator for training purpose with VM?

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Is there a SAN simulator for training purpose with VM?
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free nas can be an iscsi target and also check out openfiler
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I don't know of anything that can simulate a fiber channel SAN. If iSCSI or NFS is ok there are a few free products out there that you can run with to present IP based storage. The only one I have personally used is OpenFiler and it worked fine for both iSCSI and NFS.

Check out http://www.openfiler.com/ to get you started.

Good Luck
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If you have access to a NetApp Reseller, you can ask them for the OnTap Simulator which runs on Linux, which emulates/simulates a NetApp Filer, as the Simulator is based on the actual OS OnTap which runs on the NetApp Filer.

Very handy, if you intend to purchase a NetApp Filer. (it can emulate everything except Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NFS, CIFs).
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Thanks everyone but for navisphere it needs a pw...
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Try root and nasadmin for EMC Cellera check out the adming guide available here https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-4747; and quick start guide here http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2008/08/celerra-virtual.html;
There are other (list in no particular order)
HP Lefthand Networks (free trial) - http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/uploaded_files/QuickStartVSA_0.pdf
NetApp OnTap Simulator (needs login to download)
OpenFiler (free) - here's good guide http://www.techhead.co.uk/how-to-configure-openfiler-v23-iscsi-storage-for-use-with-vmware-esx
FreeNAS (free ;-)
PHD Virtual (never used this one though)

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Thanks everyone!
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Thanks for the grade
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