Tag Archives: iSCSI

vSphere 6.5 iSCSI port binding

I was goofing around with my home lab and ran into an interesting tidbit regarding iSCSI port binding in 6.5. The documentation from VMware says: Browse to the host in the vSphere Web Client navigator. Click the Configure tab. Under Networking, click Virtual switches, and select … Continue reading

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vSphere vmk ping reply update in 5.1

There is a new KB Article out from VMware discussing a change in how the kernel managed ICMP replies. If you’ll recall some ISCSI vendors needed workarounds for how replies worked in previous releases. The issue was the reply would … Continue reading

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Demo virtual Equallogic PS6000 array available

If you’re a Dell/Equallogic partner you can finally have access to a software version of a PS6000 iSCSI array. This has been available internally at Dell since at least 2009 (the date of the included documentation) but it’s release to … Continue reading

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NetApp FAS2xxx / FAS3xxx 2 NIC Ethernet scheme

The NetApp FAS2020 was a pretty popular array, it had a very low price point, came with a lot of software and could handle a decent workload. The main problem was the lack of connectivity, a problem shared with many … Continue reading

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Jumbo vs Flow Control

Don’t forget to check your Ethernet switches for Jumbo vs Flow Control support and recommendations – and double check your config to make sure it matches. Some switches support both, some prefer one over the other – or you might … Continue reading

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NetApp FAS3240 configuration with HP and Enterasys switches

The challenge is to configure a FAS3240 for iSCSI and CIFS traffic, giving both the best performance possible. The iSCSI network consists of two HP Procurve 2810s in a “stack” (which is what HP calls managing two switches from the … Continue reading

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VMware iSCSI Multipath (set all PSPs)

iSCSI Multipath Post 1 (basic) iSCSI Multipath Post 2 (Equallogic script) iSCSI Multipath Post 3 (vSphere5) I found a script at VMware’s PowerShell blog about setting all your LUN Path Selection Policy’s to Round Robin. This is a great trick … Continue reading

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VMware iSCSI Multipath (vSphere5)

Update: tag all Round Robin LUNs in one script I’ve posted about Multipath twice before: manual command-line and using the Equallogic script. With vSphere5 you can now do it all from the GUI tho admittedly with many more steps. Disclaimer: … Continue reading

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Building a VMware test environment

…just got easier as Microsoft has released their iSCSI software target as a free download. It’s been included with Storage Server, but now you can download it for any Windows 2008 R2 server (like the one you built in your … Continue reading

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What storage should I use? (was: FisherPrice of storage arrays)

The first SAN I worked on was an old Dell-branded EMC that Dell called the PowerVault 550 (=EMC AX100?). It had several interfaces that were all required to manage it, was complicated as hell and rock solid no matter what … Continue reading

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