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Hello,

I am trying to setup Multipathing for a Windows 2012 Server (this has a QLogic HBA) to a Netapp Array over FC. My 2012 can already see the LUN. I just need Multipathing for port failover / redundancy reasons

The problem is that almost all the documentation I find online is for iSCSI and I need FC (Fiber Channel). I really just need to know some basic information here, but each website I go to adds more variables to the Mix

1. First Question do I need to install NetApp software to have Multipathing to the LUN? I installed MPIO in Windows. Is this not enough? According to NetApp I need some software which ofcourse there is no link to download from. Here is the Link from NetApp

https://library.netapp.com/ecmdocs/ECMP1656700/html/GUID-CBF2734C-C9AD-481F-A38A-1BACF3555140.html

2. Second Question - It appears I do not have Mulipathing working as it only brings up one Path ID when I look at the MPIO settings. What am I doing wrong here

Information from Powershell

PS C:\Users\Administrator> Get-MSDSMSupportedHW

VendorId ProductId
-------- ---------
Vendor 8 Product       16
NETAPP   INF-01-00


PS C:\Users\Administrator> Get-Disk

Number Friendly Name                            OperationalStatus                                        Total Size Partition Style
------ -------------                            -----------------                                        ---------- ---------------
1      NETAPP INF-01-00  Multi-Path Disk Device Online                                                         3 TB GPT
2      HP LOGICAL VOLUME SCSI Disk Device       Online                                                     67.77 GB MBR
0      NETAPP Universal Xport SCSI Disk Device  Offline                                                       20 MB RAW


PS C:\Users\Administrator>
PS C:\Users\Administrator> Get-InitiatorId
PS C:\Users\Administrator> Get-InitiatorPort

InstanceName                          NodeAddress                           PortAddress                          ConnectionType
------------                          -----------                           -----------                          --------------
PCI\VEN_1077&DEV_2432&SUBSYS_01381... 2000001b328b15ab                      2100001b328b15ab                     Fibre Channel
PCI\VEN_1077&DEV_2432&SUBSYS_01381... 2001001b32ab15ab                      2101001b32ab15ab                     Fibre Channel
ROOT\ISCSIPRT\0000_0                  iqn.1991-05.com.microsoft:momentum    ISCSI ANY PORT                       iSCSI


PS C:\Users\Administrator> cc


I have also attached a picture of my MPIO settings from the GUI
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MPIO Settings from GUI
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How many ports on your Qlogic HBA ?

You might consider installing the Data ONTAP DSM for 2012
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My Qlogic has two ports which are zoned. I would happily install Data ONTap, but one quick question. Is this required or should MPIO be able to do the work? I ask because this is a testing environment and I want to reduce the variables.
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Can the qlogic management interface see a connection from each HBA port to a different NetApp port ?

I have not used NetApp, but I would guess that you would need to use Data ONTap for VSS etc...
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