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VMkernel With Compliant teaming.

I want to setup my Storage with multiple paths from the ESX host to the iSCSI storage. I was easy in ESXi 4 but 5 is giving me some issues.

When I go to Storage adapters to add the second path it tells me this. (See screen shot)

The selected physical network adapter is not associated with a vmkernel with complaint teaming and failover policy.

I use this storage mostly for powered off machines and to move machine around when needed since mainly I have local storage.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
Take a look at the following URL for details on ESXi 5.0 MPIO.  No more command line binding..

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2011/08/vsphere-50-storage-features-part-12-iscsi-multipathing-enhancements.html
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
So this is tell me on each port group for each network I can only have a single NIC? How do you used multiple NIC on the same switch and have it be used for iSCSI????
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This artcile is how we used to do it for ESXi 4.x

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2009/03/18/iscsi-multipathing-with-esxcliexploring-the-next-version-of-esx/

this article explains how to achieve the same thing with the GUI, which will show you how to use multiple NICs on the same vSwitch for iSCSI

http://blog.vmpros.nl/2011/07/13/vmware-creating-iscsi-network-in-vsphere-esxi-5-0/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and that's for ESXi 5.0!
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
I looked over this Link. There is still something I do not understand.

In this image it show the NICs bound
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But in these images it show them separate how do you do this?
 image43.png   image44.png
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Select the NIC, and Click Move to move the NIC Down to Unused?
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
I get that. If you notice in both images Image 2 vmnic 5 is unused and Image 3 vmnic 4 is unused. How do you do that?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Select Properties of the vSwitch that iSCSI01 and iSCSI02 belong too.

Edit the Portgroup iSCSI01 or iSCSI02, and Select NIC Teaming, Tick the option Override switch failover, and then Move vmnic4 ot vmnic5, ot wathever yours our up or down.
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
I am sorry I am so confused.

What I have done in the past is all the iSCSI traffic goes through the Storage network but I had multiple paths in case the storage network became unavailable for some reason. I would not loose connectivity to the NAS.

So do I need to create 2 separate virtual networks for my Data Network?

My Networks
I have 2 networks
Data        192.168.3.x     (Bound 2 NIC)
Storage    192.168.50.x  (Single NIC)
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RickEpnetAuthor Commented:
OK I think I got this. You have to put in a separate VMkernel in for each physical NIC.
Is this correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, VMkernel portgroup per vmnic.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
I concur
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