iSCSI Multipathing configuration
Posted on 2013-02-07
We are currently designing a redundant active/active iscsi SAN(not routed, just switched) to be used with ESXi. I have been reading about different configurations multipath iscsi, but not yet sure which one is preferred.
one vSwitch with two active nics and two port groups for iscsi. 2 vmkernel ports where one is configured to use active:vmnic0 and unused:vmnic1 and then the other active:vmnic1 and unused:vmnic0. Then bind these two port groups to the iscsi initiator.
Two vSwitches with one port group per vSwitch and one physical uplink. Then bind both port groups to iscsi initiator.
What I am wondering is if there is any preferences in regards to which of the scenarios is to be used? Such as known issues, ease of administration, jumbo frames etc.
Appreciate any answer from people with iscsi mp experience. Ask if you need more information.