Storage

How to connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target

Configure shared storage for ESXi host

In an earlier blog post, I showed how to install ESXi as a virtual machine for testing purposes. This is one of the fundamental steps to building a virtualization test lab to play with features of vSphere.

Another fundamental step is configuring some sort of shared storage for an ESXi host. This can be done using software storage products such as StarWind, Openfiler, FreeNAS or Nexenta. Many of these are available in free installations as well. Of course this can connect to hardware SANs that present storage over iSCSI as well.

This gallery will walk you through adding iSCSI storage in a lab capacity for vSphere.

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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

7 comments
ilya.shick
ilya.shick

I'd recommand to start configure SAN after iSCSI's configure on VM host Allocated volume and etc. Then add VM host(s) on SAN to see if SAN can see it. Only after this done, return to VM host and add preconfigred SAN volumes Rerun and allocate space and etc.

Laiq Ahmad
Laiq Ahmad

I need this topic in PDF format, can any body help?????

halloobablu
halloobablu

i need the pdf or ppt of this presentation. If any on have plz send it to me on my email address halloobablu@hotmail.com

bladesmadesimple
bladesmadesimple

As a pre-sales technical person, this write up was extremely helpful in aiding me in setting up a virtual Data Center. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

joeny_m
joeny_m

May i ask how valuable and how easy to adapt this connection an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target. And whats the risk..? As a newbie Novice i want to learn momre of this.. Is there a step by step and definition about this thanks... Sorry if i ask cause i'm just a fresh graduate in I.T major in networking and trouble shooting thank you kindly.. ^_^