Using multiple NIC ports with the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
Posted on 2011-09-15
This isn't an issue we've come across before because most of our Servers are running under vmWare. In this case we have a new Exchange 2010 Server which needs to be physical but still requires access to our 6-node HP P4500 SAN cluster.
I'm familiar with the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator but the configuration in this case needs to be quite specific.
I want to effectively bind two of the onboard NIC's on the Server i'm configuring so both of them are used by the initiator. I realise this configuration isn't perfect as we should ideally install a second NIC/HBA card in the Server and then run at least 1 port off each (1 on-board and 1 on-card) but first I want to find out if it's possible to spread the iSCSI traffic over the two ports.
So, is it possible to 'bind' the NIC's to the initiator in this way? At the moment multipath connections are being made but they're all originating from the same interface.
Grateful for any pointers on how to configure this - if indeed it's possible.