This document explains how to configure and connect a VMware vSphere host to a SolidFire iSCSI target using the native multipath I/O (MPIO) plug-ins included with the vSphere software. Screenshots and step-by-step instructions are included for preparing and configuring both vSphere and SolidFire storage environments. It also provides best practices design and implementation recommendations including disk alignment procedures, network load balancing configuration, network failover, and performance control.
The VMware vSphere configuration guide assumes an intermediate to advanced level of vSphere knowledge, and assumes you will be using the Software iSCSI Adapter provided by the ESXI hypervisor.
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