Connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target

Shared storage is one of the benefits of vSphere virtualization. Virtualization expert Rick Vanover shows you how to add an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target.

Recently, IT pro and TechRepublic blogger Rick Vanover has been providing galleries to help walk you through a new installation or better explain how a particular tool or technology works. For visual learners or for those who just want a quick introduction to something new, these step-by-step galleries can be just the thing to get you started on a new project.

Rick's latest step-by-step tutorial shows you how to connect an ESXi host to a storage target. If you're honing your skills in virtualization technologies, particularly in a lab environment, you'll want to check it out: How to connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target (in 12 steps)

Here is a list of Rick's most current how-to galleries, in case you've missed them:


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Nice review, especially the 8MB block size "trip-up". Any comments on how to present a virtual disk greater than the 2TB limit? Can create a datastore greater than this by adding extents, but then how to present this as ONE storage area/virtual disk (e.g. for multimedia)?


The datastore extent process is what needs to happen should one VMFS volume need to be larger than 2 TB. There you can extent up to 16 times to be nearly 32 TB of space on the single datastore. To present that as one unified file-space for disk access, you'd probably have a guest VM in there occupying that space. But, if you really need one big file space - VMFS may not be the best destination. You can think about an storage protocol such as CIFS or a LUN to a Windows Server (in iSCSI) to this as a direct disk.

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