How to connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target

ESXi configuration

Once the additional vmkernel interface is ready, a simple ESXi configuration may look like what is shown in this image.

This particular lab environment has four network interfaces available to the server, vmnic0 through vmnic3. The management traffic will exist on vSwitch0 (a default configuration) and the storage traffic will be configured to run on vSwitch0, a separate physical media than the management traffic.


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.