Solved

iSCSI NAS for Nested ESXi deployment home lab ?

Posted on 2014-03-27
13
1,410 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-30
Hi people,

Can anyone please suggest me which iSCSI NAS brand or type can support NFS and VMFS over iSCSI for a VMware ESXi nested home lab ?

\my budget is under $500, would love to know if it is has 4x drive supports for RAID5 and Gigabit Ethernet.

Any kind of suggestion and tips would be appreciated.

Thanks.
0
Comment
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • +2
13 Comments
 
LVL 119

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 200 total points
ID: 39958910
A Synology NAS supports NFS and iSCSI, and is good value, and you can purchase 4 disk versions.
0
 
LVL 5

Assisted Solution

by:Steve M
Steve M earned 100 total points
ID: 39959054
Or if you have some hardware laying around that could be re-purposed for this, I use FreeNas at home for my virtual environment (supporting iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, etc) and home Network Storage.  it was extremely easy to install and with multiple drives and external drives you can create raid arrays (depending on hardware), or you can use replication in freenas to have redundant files.  

http://web.freenas.org/for-home/

Cheers,
Steve
0
 
LVL 119
ID: 39959101
If you have any hardware lying around, you can use the Synology OS, on any hardware now.
0
Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.

 
LVL 62

Expert Comment

by:gheist
ID: 39960085
FreeNAS can run in a single VM on local storage.
0
 
LVL 7

Author Comment

by:Senior IT System Engineer
ID: 39960291
Cool, does FreeNAS is the "poor man" solution for VMware VSAN ?
0
 
LVL 119
ID: 39960497
FreeNAS is very old outdated and slow there are better ZFS solutions eg Nexenta Community Edition for FREE.
0
 
LVL 62

Assisted Solution

by:gheist
gheist earned 100 total points
ID: 39960642
Are you making fun? Nexenta has older release of ZFS than FreeNAS... Either way both are on same functionality level now...
0
 
LVL 55

Assisted Solution

by:andyalder
andyalder earned 100 total points
ID: 39963060
It won't give you NFS, only iSCSI but HP's LeftHand VSA laptop demo is worth looking at in a home lab since the setup talks you through creating 3 virtual VMware hosts on a PC which you then deploy VSA on for the shared storage and leaves you free to install any other VMs under those simulated hosts if you've got enough RAM.
0
 
LVL 7

Author Comment

by:Senior IT System Engineer
ID: 39963069
ok, so in this case the HP Lefthand VSA can be downloaded free for lab testing purpose ?
does it behave the same way as the Vmware VSAN ?
0
 
LVL 62

Expert Comment

by:gheist
ID: 39963355
You mean by providing iSCSI and NFS?
0
 
LVL 7

Author Comment

by:Senior IT System Engineer
ID: 39963375
Yes, I need to exercise on both protocols
0
 
LVL 62

Expert Comment

by:gheist
ID: 39963397
FreeNAS has those too.
0
 
LVL 119

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 200 total points
ID: 39963654
Yes, it's similar to VMware VSAN.

HP VSA or Lefthand SAN is the original virtual SAN, but only supports iSCSI!
0

Featured Post

Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Migrate VMs to AWS EC2 17 111
Incorrect definition of table mysql.proc 7 48
export VOF from ESXi 5.5, import to ESXi 4.1 8 58
Restore VM Creates MAC Conflict. 6 42
When converting a physical machine to a virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone or vCenter Converter Enterprise, if an adapter type is not selected during the initial customization the resulting virtual machine may contain an IDE d…
Many businesses neglect disaster recovery and treat it as an after-thought. I can tell you first hand that data will be lost, hard drives die, servers will be hacked, and careless (or malicious) employees can ruin your data.
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 …
In this video tutorial I show you the main steps to install and configure  a VMware ESXi6.0 server. The video has my comments as text on the screen and you can pause anytime when needed. Hope this will be helpful. Verify that your hardware and BIO…

809 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