Solved

How to connect an EMC VNX 5500 via fibre to esxi 5.1 host

Posted on 2013-05-21
16
2,230 Views
1 Endorsement
Last Modified: 2013-05-23
I have a vnx 5500 currently connected to esx 4 host via fibre and now I need to connect this same vnx 5500 to esxi 5.1 via fibre. I cant recall on how to make this happen via the san..
1
Comment
Question by:vmich
  • 9
  • 5
  • 2
16 Comments
 
LVL 118

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 250 total points
ID: 39184363
You need to add the WWNN of the Fibre HBA in the ESXi Host, to the LUN on the VNX.
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39184372
Yes I did try that but when I go into connectivity status and create and add that in, I never get the option to click on ok, it stays greyed out for some reason. Is this not where I should be adding this in?
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39184390
To be more specific, I did this in unisphere from the host tab and then virtualization then I selected connectivity status then create..
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39184429
Yes, that seems correct.
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39184441
That's what I thought but I dont get the OK button to click on it is greyed out for some reason....
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39184964
How about setting up the zoning between the esxi and the vnx for the fibre.?
Do you have any idea on how to get that setup because I think that maybe the issue?
0
 
LVL 40

Assisted Solution

by:coolsport00
coolsport00 earned 250 total points
ID: 39185042
Zoning needs set up on the SAN (Cisco MDS?) Switches; ESXi Hosts added to Storage Groups in Unisphere; then you should be able to rescan your Storage Adapters in the vSphere Client and add whatever storage you created in Unisphere.

~coolsport00
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39185066
Yes I agree with the zoning I just don't know how to set that up and what is the easiest way to set it up...
0
Network it in WD Red

There's an industry-leading WD Red drive for every compatible NAS system to help fulfill your data storage needs. With drives up to 8TB, WD Red offers a wide array of solutions for customers looking to build the biggest, best-performing NAS storage solution.  

 
LVL 118
ID: 39185255
Zoning is setup on your Fabric (FC Switches)

Do you use Zoning?

Do youm have FC Switch or Switches?
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39185271
FC Switches..
I think I have it figured out..
I am in the switch and see what is setup now for the esx 4 host for the zoning. I printed out that setup and I am going to do the same thing for the hba's with zoning for the new host which are running esxi 5.1
Right now the zoning fcalias name is abcd1234_SPA0 vsan 2
Can I use this same fcalias for the new esxi host but change the vsan 2 to vsan 3 or does it have to stay at vsan 2?
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39185282
it depends if you want to "add-in" these hba's for ESXi 5.x to the same group, or keep a new group.

e.g. do you want to zone off, ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 seperately.
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39185289
Well I guess I need them in the same group correct because I will be migrating the vm's from the esx 4 to the esxi 5 once I get this all connected?
So would they need to be in the same group?
0
 

Author Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39185344
I guess I just need to be sure if I need to make the esxi 5.1 and the esx 4 with the same name as I mentioned above for this to work?
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39185463
You can include in the same group, or different.
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:coolsport00
ID: 39185485
Sorry for the delay in response...

I do zoning so rarely, I had to document how to do it; I did it at my previous org. Your fabric should 'see' your Host HBAs. You just assign each HBA a dual connection to your SAN - A0/B1 and then B0/A1.

As far as naming...just depends on how you want it to be when viewing the info.

Regards,
~coolsport00
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:vmich
ID: 39190827
solved
0

Featured Post

Give your grad a cloud of their own!

With up to 8TB of storage, give your favorite graduate their own personal cloud to centralize all their photos, videos and music in one safe place. They can save, sync and share all their stuff, and automatic photo backup helps free up space on their smartphone and tablet.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article, I show you step by step with screenshots to assist you - HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (VCSA 6.5), with some helpful tips along the way.
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
Teach the user how to configure vSphere Replication and how to protect and recover VMs Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vsphere Replication is enabled: Enable vSphere Replication for a virtual machine: Verify replicated VM is created: Recover replica…
Teach the user how to configure vSphere clusters to support the VMware FT feature Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vSphere HA is enabled: Verify netowrking for vMotion and FT Logging is in place or create it: Turn On FT for a virtual machine: Verify …

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now