Equalogic SAN Dell

Dear Experts,

I have Dell Equalogic and it is configured for VMWARE host. The question I have is below.

I am putting Hyper-v HOST the first ever for this site and I want to utilize one volume from this SAN. I tried looking at all the resources of how to connect to the volume but I failed. Can someone please help me out here.

I created the volume in the SAN and I have a target which is showing as iqn.2001-05.com.equallogic:0-8a3024-8002b380b-7d792c745sefsfse-micorosoft --> something like that.

I want to know from the equalogic how to enable my host to see it.
Everyone in here keeps telling me to run the iscsi initiator and I should see it but no it does not work. I want help at the SAN level first and then at the server level.
Thank you

Thanks.
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
In Group Manager you need to assign access to the volume you created. You can specify IP, initiator, or CHAP account.

Once this is done, that is all the setup that needs to happen on the Equallogic.

On the Hyper-V host, install the HIT Kit (Host Integration Toolkit) which has the MPIO driver.

You can then run iscsicpl to launch the initiator properties on the Hyper-V host. On the Targets tab, type in the group IP for the EQL. It should discover the targets which you have given the host permission to. If you use CHAP (I don't recommend it) then all CHAP configured targets will show up and you'll need to enter the CHAP account for the target(s) you want to connect to.
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
Thank you Jeremy for the reply. I am still struggling getting this to work. But before looking at your comments I did the steps below.

I created the volume in the SAN and I put the INITIATOR ADDRESS which I copied from the config tab of the Hyper V - virtual machine. Then I tried to discover the target without putting any ip/dns on the target but that failed also.

The question I have is Hyper-V host has no gui so how can I install the HIT Kit? I downloaded the file.
Can I do it through powershell or cmd? can I install it in the VM machine hosted by the Hyper-V as I already created one VM server.

The 2nd question I have is that the SAN group IP is 192.16.*.* . and the Hyper-v IS not able to ping this IP. Is this by design that the host can not ping the IP but it can ping the SAN management as it is on the same subnet as the Hyper-v host.

I think if I get a reply on these 2 questions I trust I will move ahead. Thank you again
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Let's see if I can clear up a few things.
and I put the INITIATOR ADDRESS which I copied from the config tab of the Hyper V - virtual machine.
You need to get the initiator name of the host, not the VM. You can do this from the host from the command prompt by
- typing in iscsicpl and pressing enter
- click on the Configuration tab and not the initiator name.

However, the initiator name is very deterministic. It will always be iqn.1991-05.com.microsoft: appended with the FQDN by default on Windows computers.

The question I have is Hyper-V host has no gui so how can I install the HIT Kit?
Simply copy the setup file to the host and then execute it from the command prompt. You'll get the full install wizard.

...I have is that the SAN group IP is 192.16.*.* . and the Hyper-v IS not able to ping this IP. Is this by design that the host can not ping the IP...
This will not work. It is a requirement that the host be able to reach the SAN group IP (and all member interface IPs). For a production host, I recommend a minimum of 4 NICs. 1 for the host management, at least 1 dedicated to VM vSwitch, and at least 2 dedicated to iSCSI traffic.
That is the bare minimum I would ever put into production.

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SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
Another Question

The 2 NICs for the ISCI traffic should be on the same network as the Group IP.Correct? If correct I will need to assign the IP address 192.168.*.* . right. Right now all four nics are assigned the same range of 172..*.*.

Thanks,
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
ok I managed to get the Initiator of the host and I clicked add basic access point and inserted the initiator . Now how can I connect to the volume from the hyper-v host.
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I managed to provision the disk in the Host server. Now I want to use this disk in the VM

Can you please let me know how to do that?
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Go ahead and start a new question. The answer is pretty straightforward. :)
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
I agree with Philip. Start a new question as there are several different options and it will depend on your plans for the host and VM.
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