How do I configure ESXi 5 to talk to Equallogic?

Posted on 2011-10-20
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Last Modified: 2013-11-05

I am setting up a test environment to test performance on ESXi and Equallogic.  We are running in a 10Gb network.  The host has 2 dual port 10Gb NICs.  I'd like to use 2 NICs for ISCSI traffic, and 2 for LAN.

I have tried to find documentation on how to set this up, but I am really struggling.  Can anyone point me to a good "how-to" or tell me how to do it?


Question by:ddotson
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You would create two virtual switches, vSwitch0 and vSwitch1, you already have a default vSwitch0, which has a Virtual Machine Network Portgroup added. So you just need to add a physical vmnic1 to vSwitch0.

You also need to create a new vSwitch1, with two vmnic2, and vmnic3, these will be for your iSCSI Traffic.

Follow this guide (iSCSI)


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OK, I got that going.  Performance, however, is dismal.  Do you know how I can get MPIO working?  

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I installed the Equallogic stuff for VMware and got performance way up. Sorry for the delay in reporting back.

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