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Installing the HomeLab – Creating and Configuring an iSCSI Distributed Switch for VMware Multipathing

In an earlier post I configured my Synology DS1513+ Storage server for iSCSI and enabled it for Multi-Pathing, in this post I will show you how to create and configure a vDS (vSphere Distributed Switch) for iSCSI use and how to enable Multipathing to use ...
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Enabling ARP Redirect for Hardware iSCSI HBAs (1010309)

This article provides information to enable ARP Redirect on iSCSI HBAs, so that the HBAs can operate with Compellent iSCSI arrays.

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iSCSI and Jumbo Frames configuration on ESX/ESXi (1007654)

You see large queues when monitoring Jumbo Frames Packet fragmentation is observed when viewing a packet capture using the tcpdump utility

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Port and firewall requirements for NFS and SW iSCSI traffic (1021626)

This article provides information about ports are required for NFS and software (SW) iSCSI traffic for different versions of ESX / ESXi and provides answers to some frequently asked questions.

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vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – Configure Software iSCSI

In our last article, we went through the workflow to add each host to our Distributed Virtual Switch, as well as adding the requisite VMkernel ports for each host. In this article, we’ll build upon that as we configure software iSCSI on our hosts.

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Best Practices for running vSphere on iSCSI

VMware recently updated a paper that covers Best Practices for running vSphere on iSCSI storage. This paper is similar in nature to the Best Practices for running vSphere on NFS paper that was updated not too long ago. VMware has tried to involve their st ...
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Support Insider Live - iSCSI Port Binding (VMware KB TV)

We are delighted to announce a new video initiative from the Knowledge Management team at VMware that will bring you tips straight from the mouths of our front-line Technical Support Engineers!

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Recommended characters in the ESX host software iSCSI IQN (2017582)

When the software iSCSI initiator is initially created, ESX uses the hostname of the server as a component of the generated IQN.For example, if the ESX hostname is HOSTNAME1.fictionalcompany.com, the the IQN is initially created similar to iqn.1998-01.com ...
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Using PowerCLI for iSCSI VMKernel Port Binding

I was surprised to discover that there were no native cmdlets for managing  iSCSI VMKernel Port Binding in PowerCLI. So I made my own Get-VMHostiSCSIBinding and Set-VMHostiSCSIBinding functions and have shared them here in case anyone else ...
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ESXi Restarting the software iSCSI stack (1004033)

This document discusses problems with the software iSCSI stack that can be resolved by restarting the stack instead of rebooting the entire ESX system.  This may be necessary when the detection of storage at boot time fails to acquire the iSCSI targ ...
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you're virtually there: How to Configure iSCSI Port Binding VMware vSphere Video 6:16

In order to share stored data using iSCSI port binding, you’ll need to configure multipathing. In this VMware training clip, vExpert Jason Nash will show you two ways to do this. If you don’t want to use multipath configuration, then you’ll need to set up ...
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Large-scale workloads with intensive I/O patterns might require queue depths significantly greater than PVSCSI default v...

The large-scale workloads with intensive I/O patterns require adapter queue depths greater than the Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) default values. Current PVSCSI queue depth default values are 64 ( for device) and 254 (for adapter). You can increase PVSCS ...
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iSCSI configuration on Extreme Networks switches

This is a production configuration I have used with 1GbE and 10GbE Extreme Networks switches for iSCSI storage, specifically a Nimble Storage CS260G with 1GbE management interfaces and 10GbE iSCSI data interfaces. 10GbE iSCSI is on one stacked pair of Ex ...
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Configuring FreeNAS 8.3 – iSCSI and NFS Storage for VMware vSphere

This post will guide you through the configuration of FreeNAS 8.3 for use on VMware vSphere. It is assumed at this stage that only the installation has been completed, we still need to create and configure the storage. Log in to the web console of the F ...
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Dividing Bandwidth of a 10 GB CNA Adapter for ESXi Networking and Storage!! (vXpress)

With most of my recent projects customers are moving towards the 10G converged adapters to achieve the benefits of consolidation of network and storage especially on Blade Server Architecture.   I am writing this post to provide you guidelines on h ...
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Troubleshooting disk latency when using Jumbo Frames with iSCSI or NFS datastores (2002197)

You see disk latency when using Jumbo Frames with iSCSI or NFS datastores.

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New Nexenta Server Test – iSCSI – SSD

I just did a quick test using the VMware IO Analyzer using the same tests that I did http://everythingshouldbevirtual.com/nexenta-performance-testing-no-ssdssd href="http://everythingshouldbevirtual.com/nexenta-performance-testing-no-ssdssd" target=_blank ...
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