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ESX physical connection

In our Vmware environment when I click on ESX then configuration tab, I see the configuration displayed in the screenshots.
What I need to understand is:
Storage : is ESX configured to see all the storage displayed in the right pane?
Storage Adapters: is ESX has that many storage Adapters displayed in the righ pane?

Network Adapters: is ESX has that many Network Adapters?

I am asking those questions because physically when I looked at the ESX server, it does not look like that it has that many physical adpaters connected to it.

Any idea ?

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Storage : is ESX configured to see all the storage displayed in the right pane?

This is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on the SAN (if you are connected to a SAN, how the SAN presents it's LUNs to ESXi), e.g. you could have more LUNs on the SAN, and Storage available, than is currently presented to ESXi.

Storage Adapters: is ESX has that many storage Adapters displayed in the righ pane?

All storage adaptors that are detected by ESXi, are shown in the Right Hand Pane, those that are certified and have drivers loaded.

Network Adapters: is ESX has that many Network Adapters?

All network adaptors that are detected by ESXi, are shown in the Right Hand Pane, those that are certified and have drivers loaded.

Network adaptors are faily self-evident, you should see at least 10 network interfaces in the rear of the server.

You've also got two Fibre Channel connectors as well, on the rear.

This server has possibly got 3 or 4 PCI-E cards inserted, some are quad network cards, and maybe four on the motherboard.

What is the server?
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It is Dell PowerEdge R720

on one Adapter I see 2 black cables (I guess these are SAN cables)..they have the metallic g-Bic connectors

on another Adapter, I see 2 fiber channel wires connected

on another adapter I also see 2 black cables just the same as the ones previously described, they have the metallic g-Bic connectors.

on another Adapter I see 3 Cat5 cables connected.
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Okay, well on the Dell PowerEdge R720, you have got at least four nics on the motherboard, but these can be 10GBe, because the R720 is now modular.

So, you have motherboard connectors at the very bottom, by the USB/VGA connector, and up above, there at least four slots of PCI-E cards, and three to the very left

on another Adapter, I see 2 fiber channel wires connected

that's your FC HBAs connected to FC SAN.

on another Adapter I see 3 Cat5 cables connected.

that's likely to be a quad port network interface

on another adapter I also see 2 black cables just the same as the ones previously described, they have the metallic g-Bic connectors.

could be 10GBe network interfaces

 Dell-R720
so which bays are full on your server?

at the bottom under the "black handle", you could have four nics or two 10GBe ports
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