ESXi 5.1 Update 3 and Winodws 2012 R2 Storage Spaces

I am redoing our lab environment at work and setting up a Windows 2012 R2 server to present storage to my three ESXI 5.1 host using storage spaces. I know it is recommended to isolate iscsi traffic to its own subnet? For example my host would have an IP of and separate teamed ISCSI NIC using In VMware would this be a problem since an iSCSI port is another Vmkerel port and cause problems with routing?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In an ideal world, of best practice, we would recommend a dedicated VLAN or Physical Network for your storage network, whether this is iSCSI or NFS, and using a private different IP Address range, as to not cause any issues with management network or VM Networks. Plenty of private networks to use 192, 172, 10 etc

But a Lab Environment, use what you can, and depends on how best practice you want to be, and how difficult and complex you want your Lab to be.

I hope you are not "teaming nics" using a VMware teaming policy because this is not supported....

You can have as many VMKernel Portgroups as you like, running different IP Subnets, and connected to iSCSI and NFS SANs. - it will not cause any issues.

iSCSI multipath ("teaming and resilience, throughput and multipath") should be setup as per my EE Article

HOW TO: Add an iSCSI Software Adaptor and Create an iSCSI Multipath Network in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0

this is the accepted method....for all versions of ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0.

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compdigit44Author Commented:
Thanks Hancock ... I am not setting up the iSCSI NIC's in a nic team policy I am using the active / unassigned setup .... :-)

I am team them on the windows server side though..
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, that's fine.
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