How to connect an iSCSI storage target to ESXi over IPv6

Verify IPv4 to IPv6 transition

Ethernet-based storage networks, such as those providing iSCSI or NFS disk resources, may be the last frontier for the IPv4 to IPv6 transition. Should these networks need to be updated, now is the time to verify all of the pieces and parts are supported and work as expected.

In this gallery, I’ll go through configuring an ESXi host to an iSCSI LUN over IPv6. Be sure to reference VMware KB 1010812 for more information on this configuration.


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.


In your discussion, I did not see any explanation of advantages to adding an IPV6 network path to the iSCSI LUN. What would be the advantage of adding this for small organizations? I could see where very large organizations might benefit, if they are connecting via the WAN.


If IPv6 is needed internally, especially for storage; you'd know it. You could take the consistency route, I.E. all networking internally at IPv6.