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

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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..
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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You need to add the WWNN of the Fibre HBA in the ESXi Host, to the LUN on the VNX.
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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?
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To be more specific, I did this in unisphere from the host tab and then virtualization then I selected connectivity status then create..
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Yes, that seems correct.
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That's what I thought but I dont get the OK button to click on it is greyed out for some reason....
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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?
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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
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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...
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Zoning is setup on your Fabric (FC Switches)

Do you use Zoning?

Do youm have FC Switch or Switches?
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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You can include in the same group, or different.
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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.

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