virtual esxi inside physical esx vsphere 5

Posted on 2012-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-04-04
I am doing in vsphere 5 a virtualised esxi server inside a physical esxi host

I want to use falconstore on one esx host to the other two virtualised esxi servers on two hosts

I have done on both hosts the second nic for storage and on one host moved the falconstore to that vswitch

and I have done on the virtual esxi servers a storage vswitch based on the second nic

so am I right now the virtual esxi servers can use falconstore for iscsi
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so whats the question?

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yes as far as i understand your scenario you can use falconstore as shared storage.
what i understand that you want to run 2 ESXi VMs on top of ESXi host and connect those VMs to an iSCSI shared storage. right?
if iSCSI storage is also a VM then you need to add 2 NICs to your ESXi VMs at least configure one as management and other for iSCSI , create 2 virtual switches if want to in ESXi host and connect ESXi VMs as needed. Connect iSCSI VM to the Switch where your ESXi VMs iSCSI ports are connected.
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no what I was after as the virtual esx server is inside a esx host does the host and the virtual host have to have the same ie nic 2 for iscsi storage or can the host just have vm network on nic 2

see what I am getting at ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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treat ALL ESXi hosts differently, as physical servers.

they all need to have a VMKernel Portgroup to carry iSCSI traffic, it does not matter what NIC iSCSI traffic is bound to, as long as there is one or two.
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ID: 37791561
yes thats was I was thinking thanks for clearing that up

very good article Andy
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with falcon va in the storage vm network 2 ?
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Yes, just think physical, and just think Falcon is just an IP Address providing storage to physical servers, which are in fact virtual.

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