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Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.

5 and ESX Server 3i

LastUpdated:June18,2008

Whats New
Changessincethelasteditionofthisguideinclude:

AddedsupportforAdaptecSnapServer730i.SeeAdaptec,onpage 33andSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. AddedsupportforFujitsuETERNUS6000Model400,500,600,700,800,900,1000,1100.SeeFujitsu,onpage 9andSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. ModifiedsupportinformationforHPXP10000,XP12000.SeeHewlettPackard,onpage 12. AddedsupportforHPEVA4400.SeeHewlettPackard,onpage 39. AddedsupportforHPMSA1500V5.SeeSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. ModifiedsupportinformationforHitachi9970V,9980V,NSC55,USP100,USP600andUSP1100.SeeHitachi,onpage 13andHitachi,onpage 23. ModifiedsupportinformationforHDS9970V,9980V,NSC55,USP100,USP600andUSP1100.SeeHitachiDataSystems(HDS),onpage 14andHitachiData Systems(HDS),onpage 24. AddedsupportforHifnSwarm3000.SeeHifn,onpage 40andSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. AddedsupportforNECiStorageNV3400S,NV5400S,NV7400S.SeeNEC,onpage 29andSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. ModifiedsupportinformationforNihonUnisys5200and5800.SeeNihonUnisys,onpage 17andNihonUnisys,onpage 25. AddedsupportforRELDATA9240.SeeRELDATAInc,onpage 47andSANArrayModelReference,onpage 50. ModifiedsupportinformationforSun9970,9980,9985,and9990.SeeSun,onpage 19andSun,onpage 25.

Introduction
VMwareESX Serversoftwarehasbeentestedanddeployedinavarietyofstorageareanetwork(SAN)environments.Thisguidedescribesthestoragedevicescurrently testedbyVMwareanditsstoragepartners.

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Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

NOTE

Theuseofanexternalenclosure,orJBODconnectedtoasupportedSAS/SCSIcontrollerinasupportedserverissupported,aslongasthereisnodisksharing amongmultipleserversorSAS/SCSIcards. ESXServer3.5,ESXServer3iEmbeddedandESXServer3iInstallableareequivalentproductsfromastoragecompatibilityperspective. Youwillnotethatthisguideissparselypopulatedatpresent.ThereasonforthisisthatstoragearraysrequirerecertificationforESXServer3.5andESXServer 3i,andwhilemanyrecertificationsareinprocessorplanned,relativelyfewhavebeenfullycompletedtodate.Incontrast,serversandI/Odevicesdonotrequire recertification.TheSystemsCompatibilityandI/OCompatibilityGuidesforESXServer3.5andESXServer3iarealreadywellpopulatedbecauseinalmostall casescertificationfromthelatestESXServer3.xversionoftheguideswassimplycarriedovertotheESXServer3.5andESXServer3iversion.Fordetailson whentherecertificationofaspecificstoragearrayforESXServer3.5andESXServer3iwillbecomplete,pleasecontactthestoragevendor.

NOTE NOTE

Ifyouarehavingatechnicalissuewith3rdpartyHW/SWanditisnotfoundonthislist,pleaserefertoour3rdPartyHW/SWsupportpolicyathttp://www.vmware.com/ support/policies/ThirdParty.html. Thisdocumentdiscussesthefollowingtopics:


MaximumStorageSpecificationsSupportedonpage 2 ThirdPartySoftwareonpage 3 FibreChannelSANsonpage 4 NetworkAttachedStorageonpage 26 iSCSIonpage 30 SASArraysonpage 49 OEMSANArrayModelReferenceonpage 50

Maximum Storage Specifications Supported


ThefollowingsystemandvirtualmachinemaximumsaresupportedforESX Serverhosts: Table 1. Supported system and virtual machine maximums
ESX Server 3.x MaximumLUNspersystem MaximumHBAspersystem MaximumvirtualHBAspervirtualmachine 256(128duringinstall) 16ports(4quadportcards,8dualport cards,etc.) 4

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Third-Party Software

Table 1. Supported system and virtual machine maximums (Continued)


ESX Server 3.x MaximumtargetspervirtualHBA MaximumvirtualdisksperWindowsvirtual machine MaximumvirtualdisksperLinuxvirtual machine MaximumnumberofVMFSfilesystemsper server MaximumdiskspaceperVMFS MaximumfilesizeperVMFS3file 15 60 60 256 2TB*#ofextents DefaultmaxfilesizeforVMFS3is 256GB(blocksizeof1MB).Thiscanbe configuredtoablocksizeof8MBwhich willallowa2TBfile. Supportsenoughfilestoholdthe maximumnumberofVMsperVMFS volumesupportedbyESX3.0(typically greaterthan30,000files) 32 1024 15 1.1GB

MaximumnumberoffilesperVMFS3

MaximumnumberofpathsperLUN Maximumnumberoftotalpaths MaximumnumberoftargetsperHBA MinimumVMFS3volumesize

Third-Party Software
Thirdpartybackup,replication,andsnapshotsoftwareiscertifiedandsupportedbytheprovidersofthesoftware.TheESX Server2.5guideathttp://www.vmware.com/ pdf/esx25_san_cfg.pdfshowsthelistofsoftwarethatwassupportedwithESX Server2.5.PleasecontactyourSANvendorsregardingtheirplanstosupportESX Server 3.x.Asvendorscertifysoftware,wewillcreatealistofcertifiedsoftwareforESX Server3.x.

Windows Clustering (MSCS) with ESX


WindowsClusteringrefersClusterServicesinWindows2003and2000inashareddiskconfigurationbetweentwovirtualmachinesoravirtualmachineandaphysical system.Suchclusteringiscertifiedonlywithasubsetofarrayslistedinthisguide.ItissupportedwithESXServer3.5withboth32bitand64bitVMsrunningWindows 2003.Only4GbHBAsaresupportedwithMSCSandESXServer3.5.BeforeinstallingVMwareESXServer3.5softwarewithyourstoragearray,pleaseexaminethelists onthefollowingpagestofindoutwhetheryourarrayandconfigurationaresupported. Pleaserefertoyourstoragevendorformoreinformationandconfigurationdetails.

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Fibre Channel SANs


ForFibreChannelSANs,VMwareteststhefollowingconfigurations:

Basic ConnectivityTheabilityofESX Server 3.xhoststorecognizeandinteroperatewiththestoragearray.Thisconfigurationdoesnotallowformultipathingor anytypeoffailover. MultipathingTheabilityofESX Server 3.xhoststohandlemultiplepathstothesamestoragedevice. HBA FailoverInthisconfiguration,theESX Server 3.xhostisequippedwithmultipleHBAsconnectingtooneormoreSANswitches.TheserverisrobusttoHBA andswitchfailureonly. Storage Port FailoverInthisconfiguration,theESX Server 3.xhostisattachedtomultiplestorageportsandisrobusttostorageportfailures. Windows Clustering (MSCS) SupportWindowsClusteringsupportappliestoWindows2000SP4,Windows2003RTM,SP1,R2andSP2.ForESXServerversion requirementsfortheseoperatingsystemsinclusterenvironment,pleaserefertohttp://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021.Clusteringissupportedonlywithalimitedsetof HBAs;pleaserefertotheI/OCompatibilityGuide(http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdf )forthelistofHBAsnotsupportedwithWindowsClustering. Boot from SANInthisconfiguration,theESX Server 3.xhostbootsfromaLUNstoredontheSANratherthanalocaldisk. Direct Connect Inthisconfiguration,theESXServer3.xhostisdirectlyconnectedtothearray(thatis,noswitchbetweenHBAandthearray).Clusteringisnot supportedinthisconfiguration.

Inthefollowingtables,anXinatablecellindicatesthestoragearrayoranequivalentconfigurationhasbeentested.Allstorageproductslistedinthiscompatibilityguide aresupported.Forfurtherdetailsaboutarrayfirmware,storageproductconfigurationsandbestpractices,pleasecontactthestoragevendor. ThereareseveralitemsontheESXServer2.5.xSANCompatibilityGuide(http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_SAN_guide.pdf )thatarenotonthis3.xlist.Pleasecontact yourstoragevendorsforplansregardingtheseitems. NOTE Unlessotherwisefootnoted,allfibrechannelarraysaresupportedwithboth2Gbitand4Gbitconnectivity.

VMwareworkscloselywitheachofitsOEMstodrivetowardsmutualsupportofESX Serveratthetimeofannouncement.Duetodifferentproductreleasecycles,levels oftesting,andOEMagreements,notallOEMdeviceswillbesupportedatthegeneralavailabilitydateofanewversionofESX Server.Werecommendcontactingthe OEMvendorforthebestinformationonwhentheirdeviceisplannedtobecertifiedwithVirtualInfrastructure3. VMwaresupportsStorageVirtualizationDevices(SVD)withESXServer3.0.2orlater.SeeStorageVirtualizationDevice(SVD)onpage 21formoreinformation. Thissectioncontainsinformationonstoragearraysfromthefollowingvendors:


3PARonpage 6 Compellentonpage 6 Dell,onpage 7 EMConpage 8

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Fibre Channel SANs

FalconStorSoftwareonpage 9 Fujitsuonpage 9 FujitsuSiemensonpage 11 HewlettPackardonpage 12 Hitachionpage 13 HitachiDataSystems(HDS)onpage 14 IBMonpage 15 LSILogiconpage 16 NEC,onpage 16 NetApp,onpage 17 NihonUnisys,onpage 17 OverlandStorage,onpage 18 PillarDataSystems,onpage 19 Sun,onpage 19 Transteconpage 20 Xiotech,onpage 21 XyratexLtd,onpage 21

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S800

S400

E200

Table 2. 3PAR

Table 3. Compellent

StorageCenter X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X X X X X X Windows Clustering support X X X X Boot from SAN X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN ESX Server 3i Installable ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Direct connect support ESX Server 3.5 Basic connectivity ESX Server 3.5

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

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AX

Table 4. Dell

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DellCLARiiON AX451

CX310c

CX380

CX340

CX320

CX340f

CX320f

CX340c

CX320c

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation. X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X Multipathing with storage port failover X Windows Clustering support X X X X X X X X X Boot from SAN X X X X Basic connectivity X Direct connect support X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3.5 X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable

Support for QLogic HBAs only.

Fibre Channel SANs

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Table 5. EMC
ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

AX Celerra EMC CLARiiON

AX150 AX45 NS20FC1,2 NS40FC CX3003 CX500


3 1,2

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X

X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X

X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X

X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

CX7003 CX310c CX320 CX320c CX320f CX340 CX340c CX340f CX380 EMC Symmetrix DMX/DMX2 DMX3 DMX4
1 2 3

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.
Supported only for the open Fibre Channel ports on the arrays that are captive to NS20FC and NS40FC. LUNs are not shared between Fibre Channel and iSCSI hosts. Support for QLogic HBA only.

Boot from SAN

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NSSS12

Table 7. Fujitsu

Table 6. FalconStor Software

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ETERNUS3000 ETERNUS2000 Model50 Model200 X X X X Direct connect support X X X X X X Windows Clustering support X X X X Direct connect support X X X X Boot from SAN X X X X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable X X X Boot from SAN X X Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3.5 X X Basic connectivity Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN ESX Server 3i Embedded Model100 ESX Server 3.5 SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation. ESX Server 3i Installable

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

Fibre Channel SANs

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Table 7. Fujitsu (Continued)


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

ETERNUS4000 Model80 Model100 Model300 Model500 ETERNUS6000 Model400 Model500 Model600 Model700 Model800 Model900 Model1000 Model1100 ETERNUS8000 Model700 Model900 Model1100 Model2100

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

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Boot from SAN

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Fibre Channel SANs

Table 8. Fujitsu Siemens


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

FibreCAT

CX310c CX320 CX320c CX320f CX340 CX340c CX340f CX380 SX601,2 SX801,2 SX881,2

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.
1 2

No FW-Update possible under host I/O. Contact Fujitsu Siemens for SAN Boot guidelines.

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Boot from SAN

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Table 9. Hewlett Packard


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

HPEnterprise VirtualArray (EVA)

4000 41001 44001 6000 61001 8000 81001

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

HPModular SystemsArray (MSA)

1000 1500 2012fc 2212fc

XP100001,2 XP120001,2 XP20000 XP24000

See NOTE on page 1 for JBOD support information.

PleasecontactyourlocalHPaccountorservicerepresentativefordefinitiveinformationaboutsupportedHPstorage productconfigurationsincludingGuestOStypes,arrayfirmwareandbestpracticeswhenusedwithVMwareproducts.
1 2

Supported with Qlogic HBAs only. Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

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Boot from SAN

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Fibre Channel SANs

Table 10. Hitachi


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

BR50 BR150 SANRISE9970V1 SANRISE9980V


1

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

SANRISEAMS200 SANRISEAMS500 SANRISEAMS1000 SANRISENSC551 SANRISEUSP1001 SANRISEUSP600


1

SANRISEUSP11001 SANRISEWMS100 USPV USPVM


1

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.
Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

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Boot from SAN

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Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Table 11. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

Lightning9970V1 Lightning9980V
1

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X

TagmaStoreAMS200 TagmaStoreAMS500 TagmaStoreNSC55


1

TagmaStoreAMS1000 X TagmaStoreUSP1001 TagmaStoreUSP600 USPV USPVM


1

TagmaStoreUSP11001 X

TagmaStoreWMS100 X
1

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.
Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

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Boot from SAN

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Fibre Channel SANs

Table 12. IBM


ESX Server 3.5 Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Embedded Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable Windows Clustering support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Multipathing with storage port failover

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Basic connectivity

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Multipathing with HBA failover

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

DS3400 DS4200 DS4700 DS4800 DS60001 DS8000 ESS750/800 F10/F20 N3300 N3600 N3700 N5200 N5300 N5500 N5600 N7600 N7700 N7800 N7900
1

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.
Support for 2Gb HBAs only.

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Boot from SAN

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iStorageD8

iStorageE110 X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support Basic connectivity Direct connect support X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X Multipathing with HBA failover X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X Multipathing with HBA failover X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X Windows Clustering support X X X X Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3.5 ESX Server 3.5

Table 14. NEC

Table 13. LSILogic

iStorageS2900 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X ESX Server 3i Installable X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

iStorageS1500

iStorageD310

iStorageD110

1932StorageSystem X

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

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Table 15. NetApp

Table 16. Nihon Unisys

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FAS200Series

FAS900Series

FAS6000Series

FAS3000Series

FAS2000Series

SANARENA1895 X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X X X X X Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X X X Basic connectivity X X X X Direct connect support X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN ESX Server 3.5 ESX Server 3.5 X X X X X Basic connectivity X X X X Direct connect support X X X X X X X Windows Clustering support X X X X X Boot from SAN X X X X Basic connectivity X Direct connect support X X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X X X Boot from SAN X X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover X X X Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

SANARENA1890

SANARENA1870

SANARENA1830

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

Fibre Channel SANs

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SANARENA18AS

SANARENA58001 SANARENA52001

Table 17. Overland Storage

Table 16. Nihon Unisys (Continued)

ULTAMUSRAID1200 X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X X X Boot from SAN X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN Boot from SAN ESX Server 3.5
Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X X X Windows Clustering support X Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Embedded X X Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3.5

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation. ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

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Table 19. Sun

Table 18. Pillar Data Systems

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StorageTek9980 StorageTek99702 StorageTek25401


1

StorageTek6140

StorageTek99902 AxiomStorageSystem500
2

StorageTek99852

StorageTek65401

StorageTek9985v

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

X X Direct connect support X X X X Windows Clustering support X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X Direct connect support X X X X Boot from SAN X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X X Basic connectivity X X X X X X Boot from SAN X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover Boot from SAN Boot from SAN Boot from SAN

Basic connectivity ESX Server 3.5

Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

ESX Server 3.5

Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

ESX Server 3i Embedded

Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

ESX Server 3i Installable

Fibre Channel SANs

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StorageTekFlexline3801

StorageTekFlexline2801

Table 19. Sun (Continued)

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

PROVIGO550F StorageTekFlexline2401
Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009. For more information, refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005441.

StorageTek9990v

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

X Basic connectivity X X X X Direct connect support X X X X X X X X X X Windows Clustering support X Boot from SAN X X Basic connectivity X Direct connect support X X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Boot from SAN Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Boot from SAN Multipathing with HBA failover Boot from SAN Multipathing with HBA failover Boot from SAN

Basic connectivity Direct connect support

ESX Server 3.5

Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

Basic connectivity Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

ESX Server 3i Embedded

Basic connectivity Direct connect support

Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support

ESX Server 3i Installable

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F5402E

F5412E

Table 21. Xiotech

Table 22. Xyratex Ltd

VMwaresupportsStorageVirtualizationDevices(SVD)withESXServer3.0.2orlater.
Magnitude3D4000 Magnitude3D30001
Supported with Qlogic HBAs only.

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X Basic connectivity
1

X X X Direct connect support Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover ESX Server 3.5 X X X X Windows Clustering support X Boot from SAN X X Basic connectivity X Direct connect support X X X Multipathing with storage port failover Boot from SAN Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X Multipathing with storage port failover Multipathing with HBA failover

ESX Server 3.5

X X X X X

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation. Windows Clustering support

SeeNOTEonpage1forJBODsupportinformation.

Storage Virtualization Device (SVD)


Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X Basic connectivity Direct connect support X X X Boot from SAN X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support X ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Embedded X ESX Server 3i Installable X Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN X X X X X X Basic connectivity Direct connect support Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Windows Clustering support Boot from SAN ESX Server 3i Installable

Fibre Channel SANs

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BackendstoragearraysmustbelistedonboththeESXServer3.xStorage/SANCompatibilityGuide(http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf )andtheSVD Vendorsupportedlist. DonotsharethesameLUNofthebackendstoragearraybetweenSVDandanyotherhost.

Thissectioncontainsinformationonstoragearraysfromthefollowingvendors:

EMC,onpage 22 HewlettPackard,onpage 23 Hitachi,onpage 23 HitachiDataSystems(HDS),onpage 24 IBM,onpage 24 NihonUnisys,onpage 25 Sun,onpage 25

Table 23. EMC


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X X Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

InvistaBrocade1,2,3,4
1 2

This Storage Virtualization Device is supported with Qlogic HBAs only. In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Contact EMC for Non Disruptive Upgrade (NDU) procedure for Invista firmware upgrade. Contact EMC for supported Brocade switches, Invista patch level, and Data Path Controllers.

3 4

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Table 24. Hewlett Packard


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover X X X X X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

XP200001,2 XP24000
1 1,2

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Requires patch ESX-1002974. Please see KB 1002974 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002974.

Table 25. Hitachi


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

SANRISENSC551,2 SANRISEUSP1001,2 SANRISEUSP600 USPV


1 1 1,2

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

SANRISEUSP11001,2 USPVM1

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

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Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

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Table 26. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from SAN Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

TagmaStoreNSC551,2,3 TagmaStoreUSP100
1,2,3

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

TagmaStoreUSP6001,2,3 TagmaStoreUSP1100 USPV1,2 USPVM


1 1,2 1,2,3

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Requires patch ESX-1002974. Please see KB 1002974 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002974. Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

2 3

Table 27. IBM


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

SVC1
1

Boot from SAN

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564.

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Fibre Channel SANs

Table 28. Nihon Unisys


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover X X X X X X X X Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

SANARENA52001,2,3 SANARENA5800
1 1,2,3

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Requires patch ESX-1002974. Please see KB 1002974 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002974. Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

2 3

Table 29. Sun


ESX Server 3.5 Multipathing with HBA failover Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Multipathing with storage port failover Basic connectivity Multipathing with HBA failover ESX Server 3i Installable Basic connectivity

Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

StorageTek99851,2,3 StorageTek9985V StorageTek9990V


1 1,2

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

X X X X

StorageTek99901,2,3
1,2

In an environment where RDM is used in back-end storage, special caution must be taken after RDM migration. Please see KB 1002564 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002564. Requires patch ESX-1002974. Please see KB 1002974 for further details: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1002974. Please refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005009.

2 3

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Boot from SAN

Boot from SAN

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Network Attached Storage


ThissectioncontainsinformationonthesupportfornetworkattachedstoragewithESX Serversoftware. NOTE WindowsClustering(MSCS)isnotsupportedwithNAS.

Thefollowingsectionsareincluded:

SupportedLinuxDistributionsonpage 26 SupportedStorageDevicesonpage 26

Supported Linux Distributions


ThefollowingLinuxdistributionssupportnetworkattachedstoragewhenusedwithESX Server 3.xsoftware:

RedHatEnterpriseLinux3NFSServer(Update5). FedoraCore4NFSServer(2.6.121.1456_FC4.9550smp). FedoraCore6NFSServer(2.6.181.2798.fc6#1SMP)forESXServer3.5only.

Supported Storage Devices


ThissectionlistsallofthesupporteddevicesfornetworkattachedstoragewithESX Server 3.xsoftwarefromthefollowingvendors:

BlueArcCorponpage 27 EMConpage 27 Fujitsuonpage 28 HitachiDataSystems(HDS)onpage 28 IBMonpage 28 NEConpage 29 NetApponpage 29 ONStorInconpage 30 Sunonpage 30

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Table 30. BlueArc Corp


ESX Server 3.5 Titan1100 Titan2100 Titan2200 Titan2500 X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X

Table 31. EMC


ESX Server 3.5 CelerraNS 20/40/80series, NS 350,NS 500/700series, CNS,andNSX DARTversion5.5 X ESX Server 3i Embedded X ESX Server 3i Installable X

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Table 32. Fujitsu


ESX Server 3.5 ETERNUSNR1000F F2020 F2050 F3020 F3040 F3070 F6030 F6040 F6070 F6080 DataONTAP7.2.2 DataONTAP7.2.2 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X X X X X X X

Table 33. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)


ESX Server 3.5 HNASServer2100 HNASServer2200 X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X

Table 34. IBM


ESX Server 3.5 N3300 N3600 N3700 DataONTAP7.2.2 DataONTAP7.2.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X

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Table 34. IBM (Continued)


ESX Server 3.5 N5200 N5300 N5500 N5600 N7600 N7700 N7800 N7900 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X X X X X X X

Table 35. NEC


ESX Server 3.5 iStorage NV3400S NV5400S NV7400S X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X

Table 36. NetApp


ESX Server 3.5 FAS200Series FAS900Series FAS2000Series DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.2 X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X

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Table 36. NetApp (Continued)


ESX Server 3.5 FAS3000Series FAS6000Series StoreVaultS300 StoreVaultS550 DataONTAP7.2.1S4 DataONTAP7.2 DataONTAP7.2.4 DataONTAP7.2.4 X X X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X

Table 37. ONStor Inc


ESX Server 3.5 Bobcat2240 Bobcat2260 Bobcat2280 X X X ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X ESX Server 3i Installable X X X

Table 38. Sun


ESX Server 3.5 StorageTek5220NAS StorageTek5320NASAppliance SunStorageTek5320NASCluster SunFireX45001
1

ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X

ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X

X X X X

Sun Fire X4500 running Solaris 10 8/07 and the ZFS filesystem.

NOTE

Celerramodelsnotedarefamilynamesandcoverallmodelnumbersandmodeltypes(integratedand gateway)withinthefamily.

iSCSI
VMwaresupportstheiSCSIStoragelistedinthissection.

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iSCSI

ThefollowingmaximumsareinplacewhenusingiSCSIarrayswithESXServerhosts: Table 39. Storage parameter maximums with iSCSI Arrays


Parameter NumberofHBAs Initiator type used software hardware Maximumnumberof targets NumberofLUNs Numberofpathsto storage bothsoftwareand hardwareinitiator bothsoftwareand hardwareinitiator software hardware Limit 1 1dualportor2singleport 64 254 4 8

NOTE

ThesemaximumsmaynotapplyinthecaseofVirtualSANAppliance(VSA).Pleaserefertothespecific LeftHandNetworkssupportedarraysforthemaximumsandminimumsupportedconfigurationswithVSA. SeeLeftHandNetworks,onpage 43.

VMwaresupportsconnectionstoiSCSIarraysusingeitherthesoftwareinitiatorinthekernelorahardwareinitiator(iSCSIHBA).PleaserefertotheI/OCompatibility Guideathttp://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdfforalistofhardwareinitiatorsthatcanbeusedwithESX. ThefollowingconfigurationsaresupportedforiSCSIstoragewiththesoftwareinitiatoroverasupportedNIC:


iSCSIBaseConnectivityTheabilityofanESX Serverhosttorecognizethetargetandinteroperatewithit. SPfailoverInthisconfigurationtheESXServer hostisattachedtomultipleportsandisrobusttostorageportfailover NICfailoverforsoftwareinitiatorIftheEthernetadaptersareteamedandonefails,theotheronetakesover.Bothadaptersmustbeconnectedtothesamephysical switchandbeonthesamesubnet(bothNICsandiSCSIstorageports).

ThefollowingconfigurationsaresupportedforiSCSIstoragewithhardwareinitiators:

iSCSIBaseConnectivityTheabilityofanESX ServerhosttorecognizethetargetoveraniSCSIHBAandinteroperatewithit. SPfailoverInthisconfiguration,ESX ServerhostisattachedtomultipleportsoveraniSCSIHBAandisrobusttostorageportfailover. BootfromiSCSIInthisconfiguration,ESX ServerhostsbootfromthetargetiSCSIarrayratherthanfromalocaldisk. iSCSIhardwareinitiatorfailoverTheESX serverhostisequippedwithmultiplehardwareinitiatorsandisrobusttohardwareinitiatorfailover. WindowsClusteringisnotsupportedwithiSCSI.

NOTE

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NOTE

SoftwareinitiatediSCSIissupportedfullyinESX3.0andlaterreleases.HardwareinitiatediSCSIissupported inexperimentalmodeonlyinESX3.0.ItissupportedfullyinESX3.0.1withiSCSIarraysthathavebeen qualified/certifiedforusewiththehardwareinitiators.

iSCSIStoragedevicesfromthefollowingmanufactureshavebeentestedforthestatedreleaseofESX Server 3.x:


3PARonpage 33 Adapteconpage 33 BlueArcCorponpage 34 Compellentonpage 34 Dellonpage 35 EMConpage 35 EqualLogiconpage 37 FalconStorSoftwareonpage 38 Fujitsuonpage 38 FujitsuSiemensonpage 39 HewlettPackard,onpage 39 Hifn,onpage 40 Hitachi,Ltd.,onpage 40 HitachiDataSystems(HDS)onpage 41 IBMonpage 41 iStorNetworksonpage 43 LeftHandNetworksonpage 43 NEC,onpage 45 NetApponpage 45 OpenEonpage 46 RELDATAInconpage 47 Sanradonpage 47

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Table 41. Adaptec

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InServS800

InServS400

InServE200

Table 40. 3PAR

SnapServer730i X X X

Sunonpage 48

Xiotechonpage 49

StoneFlyonpage 48

iSCSI software initiator

ESX Server 3.5

X X X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X X X X X iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded X X iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X X SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base iSCSI Base Connectivity iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI hardware initiator NIC failover for software initiator SP failover X X X X X X X X iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware iSCSI Base Connectivity X SP failover X NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X iSCSI Base Connectivity X SP failover X NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI Base NIC failover for software initiator NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator SP failover SP failover ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

iSCSI Base Connectivity

iSCSI Base Connectivity

iSCSI

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Titan2200 Titan2100 Titan1100

Table 43. Compellent

Table 42. BlueArc Corp

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

StorageCenter X X X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X X X X SP failover X X X X X iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base SP failover SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity iSCSI Base Connectivity iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable ESX Server 3.5

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iSCSI

Table 44. Dell


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware

iSCSI Base Connectivity

iSCSI Base Connectivity

iSCSI Base Connectivity

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base X X X

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

MD3000i2 NX1950
2

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X4 X4 X4 X X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X4 X4 X4 X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X X4 X4 X4

PS5000E1 PS5000X
1 2 3 4 3

PS5000XV3

Supported with firmware versions V3.2 to V3.3. Contact Dell for supported firmware versions. Contact Dell for additional information including supported array firmware versions. Supported with firmware V3.3. Contact Dell for supported firmware versions. Contact Dell for timeout value settings for proper SP failover operation.

Table 45. EMC


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

AX150i1 AX45i
1 1

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

Contact EMC for additional information including supported array firmware versions.

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SP failover

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Table 45. EMC


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X X

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base X X X

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

CelerraNS20/40/80 X series,NS350,NS 500/700series,CNS, andNSXDART5.5 CelerraNS20/40/80 X series,NS350,NS 500/700series,CNS, andNSXDART5.6 CX310c1 CX320c DMX3
1 1 1

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

X X X X X

CX340c1 DMX41

Contact EMC for additional information including supported array firmware versions.

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Table 46. EqualLogic


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator NIC failover for iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware X X X X X X X X X

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base

iSCSI Base X X X X X X X X X

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

SP failover

PSSeries

PS50E1 PS70E1 PS100E PS400E


1

X X X X X X X X X
3 3

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

PS300E1
1

PS3600X3 PS3700X PS3800XV3 PS3900XV


1 2 3

Supported with firmware versions V3.1 to V3.3. Contact EqualLogic for supported firmware versions. Contact EqualLogic for timeout value settings for proper SP failover operation. Supported with firmware V3.3. Contact EqualLogic for supported firmware versions.

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SP failover X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2 X2

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NSSS12

Table 48. Fujitsu

ETERNUS8000 ETERNUS4000 ETERNUS2000 Model50 Model700 Model300 Model500 Model200 Model100 Model900 X X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover X iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3.5 X iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover

Table 47. FalconStor Software

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Model2100 X X X X X X X X X X X X

Model1100

iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator

ESX Server 3.5 ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

VMware, Inc.

iSCSI

Table 49. Fujitsu Siemens


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

FibreCAT

CX310c3 CX320c3 CX340c


3

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

X X X

1 2 3

SP/datamover or cluster failover is not supported during boot from iSCSI. iSCSI hardware initiator support is experimental only. Contact Fujitsu Siemens for additional information including supported array firmware versions.

Table 50. Hewlett Packard


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

HPEnterprise EVA4400 VirtualArray (EVA) HPModular MSA2012i SystemsArray (MSA)

VMware, Inc.

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

39

40

Table 51. Hifn

Table 52. Hitachi, Ltd.

SMS100 Swarm3000 SANRISEAMS500 SANRISEAMS200 SANRISEAMS1000 X X X


1

SANRISEWMS100 X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X X Boot from iSCSI X X X X X X X X X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

Dual Controller models only.

iSCSI software initiator

iSCSI software initiator

ESX Server 3.5

ESX Server 3.5

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

VMware, Inc.

SMS1001

DS3300

Table 54. IBM

Table 53. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)

VMware, Inc.

TagmastoreAMS500

TagmastoreWMS100

TagmastoreAMS1000

N3300 ONTAP7.2.4 TagmastoreAMS200


Dual Controller models only.

HNASServer2200

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI X X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X X Boot from iSCSI X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI software initiator

ESX Server 3.5

SP/datamover or cluster failover is not supported during boot from iSCSI.

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

iSCSI

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Table 54. IBM (Continued)


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover X X X X

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

N3600 ONTAP7.2.4 N5200 ONTAP7.2RC4 N5300 ONTAP7.2RC4 N5500 ONTAP7.2RC4 N5600 ONTAP7.2RC4 N7600 ONTAP7.2.4 N7700 ONTAP7.2.4 N7800 ONTAP7.2.4 N7900 ONTAP7.2.4
1

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X

X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X1 X1 X1 X1 X X X X

X X X X X X X X

SP/datamover or cluster failover is not supported during boot from iSCSI.

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iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

VMware, Inc.

iS512

Table 55. iStor Networks

Table 56. LeftHand Networks

VMware, Inc.

NSM160andSAN/iQ7 Dell2950andSAN/iQ7

NSM4150andSAN/iQ7 NSM2120andSAN/iQ7 NSM2060andSAN/iQ7 iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X HPProLiantDL320sandSAN/iQ7 X X X X iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Boot from iSCSI X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable ESX Server 3.5 X X X X iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

iSCSI

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Table 56. LeftHand Networks (Continued)


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X

VSASAN/iQ71
1

VMware support for the LeftHand Networks iSCSI Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) is contingent on the following requirements:

VMwaresupportsconnectionstotheVSAusingonlythesoftwareinitiatorinthekernel. ThefollowingconfigurationsaresupportedwhenrunningtheVSAwithsupportedNICsandserverconfigurationthatdonotexceedthematching definedmaximumsandminimumrequirementssupportedwiththeVSAasspecifiedinthisdocument: SharedServerConfigurationAconfigurationwheretheVSAandothervirtualmachinessharethesameVMwareESXServerhost. DedicatedServerConfigurationAconfigurationwheretheVSAistheonlyvirtualmachinerunningontheESXServerhostsintheVSAcluster. OnlyVSArunningSAN/iQ7.0hasbeentestedanditissupportedwithESXServer3.5,ESXServer3iEmbeddedandESXServer3iInstallable. MinimumserverrequirementsfordeployingtheVSAinasharedserverconfigurationareaQuadCoreortwoDualCoreCPUwith2Ghz/Core, four1GbNICs,and2GBofRAM. MinimumserverrequirementsfordeployingtheVSAinadedicatedserverconfigurationareaDualCoreCPUwith2Ghz/Core,two1GbNICs, and2GBofRAM. ThemaximumnumberofsupportedtargetsexportedbytheVSA,inanESXServerenvironment,is32. ToproperlyfunctiontheVSArequires2GhzofreservedCPUresourcesand1024Mreservedmemory. TheVSAonlysupportsavirtualdiskwith5GBto2TBofspacelocatedoninternalSCSIorSASdiskstorage,ordirectattachedSCSIorSASstorage thatisnotaccessiblefrommorethanonephysicalserver. AllvirtualdisksfortheVSAmustbeconfiguredasindependentpersistent. TheVMFSdatastorefortheVSAmustnotbesharedwithanyothervirtualmachines. Forhighavailability,aminimumoftwoVSAnodesinaclusterandafailovermanagerorvirtualmanagerarerequired. PleaserefertotheLeftHandNetworksUserManualandQuickStartGuideforVSAforconfigurationguidelinesanddeploymentbestpractices.

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iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X

VMware, Inc.

Table 57. NEC

Table 58. NetApp

VMware, Inc.

iStorageE110

FAS3000Series DataONTAP 7.2RC4

FAS2000Series DataONTAP 7.2.4

FAS3000Series DataONTAP 7.2.4 X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator iSCSI software initiator X X X ESX Server 3.5 ESX Server 3.5 X X X X iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI Boot from iSCSI iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator X1 X X X X X X X iSCSI software initiator iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X iSCSI software initiator iSCSI software initiator X X X X X X X X X ESX Server 3i Installable ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator

FAS6000Series DataONTAP 7.2.4 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

iSCSI

45

46

iStorageE110

StoreVaultS550 DataONTAP 7.2.1S4

StoreVaultS300 DataONTAP 7.2.1

Table 59. Open-E

Table 58. NetApp (Continued)

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

DSSwithIntel S5000PAL/SR2500 X X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5


iSCSI hardware initiator support is experimental only SP/datamover or cluster failover is not supported during boot from iSCSI.

X X X X X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X iSCSI hardware initiator X X X Boot from iSCSI X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded X iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

VMware, Inc.

9240

VSTOR

Table 61. Sanrad

Table 60. RELDATA Inc

VMware, Inc.

iSCSI software initiator

ESX Server 3.5

X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded X iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI hardware initiator X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover

iSCSI software initiator

ESX Server 3.5

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

iSCSI

47

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StoneFly OptiSAN

Table 63. Sun

Table 62. StoneFly

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

StorageTek2510 X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X Boot from iSCSI X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded X X X iSCSI hardware initiator X X X X X X X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3i Installable X X X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X Boot from iSCSI Boot from iSCSI Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover X iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X iSCSI software initiator ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator ESX Server 3i Embedded ESX Server 3i Installable

VMware, Inc.

SAS Arrays

Table 64. Xiotech


ESX Server 3.5 iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Embedded iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI ESX Server 3i Installable iSCSI software initiator iSCSI hardware initiator Boot from iSCSI iSCSI hardware initiator failover X X

iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X

Magnitude3D3000 Magnitude3D4000

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

X X

SAS Arrays
ForSASArrays,VMwareteststhefollowingconfigurations:

Basic ConnectivityTheabilityofESXServer3.5hoststorecognizeandinteroperatewiththestoragearray.Thisconfigurationdoesnotallowformultipathing,any typeoffailover,orsharingofLUNsbetweenmultiplehosts. Direct Connect Inthisconfiguration,theESXServer3.xhostisdirectlyconnectedtothearray(thatis,noswitchbetweenHBAandthearray).WindowsClustering isnotsupportedinthisconfiguration. LUN sharing TheabilityofmultipleESXServer3.xhoststosharethesameLUN. Multipathing TheabilityofESXServer3.xhoststohandlemultiplepathstothesamestoragedevice. HBA Failover Inthisconfiguration,theESXServer3.xhostisequippedwithmultipleHBAsconnectingdirectlytothearray.TheserverisrobusttoHBAfailureonly. Storage Port Failover Inthisconfiguration,theESXServer3.xhostisattachedtomultiplestorageportsonthesamearrayandisrobusttostorageportfailures.

Inthefollowingtables,anXinatablecellindicatesthestoragearrayoranequivalentconfigurationhasbeentested.Allstorageproductslistedinthiscompatibilityguide aresupported.Forfurtherdetailsaboutarrayfirmware,storageproductconfigurationsandbestpractices,pleasecontactthestoragevendor. Thissectioncontainsinformationonstoragearraysfromthefollowingvendors:


Dellonpage 50 IBMonpage 50

VMware, Inc.

iSCSI hardware initiator failover iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover NIC failover for software initiator iSCSI Base Connectivity SP failover X X X X X X X X X X X X

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Table 65. Dell


ESX Server 3.5 Storage Port Failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Storage Port Failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Installable Storage Port Failover Storage Port Failover X Recommended Path Policy Model String Fixed Fixed Fixed 3PARdataVV 3PARdataVV 3PARdataVV Basic connectivity

Direct Connect

Direct Connect

Direct Connect

HBA Failover

HBA Failover

MD30001
1

Requires Update 1 of the ESX Server version listed in the corresponding column.

Table 66. IBM


ESX Server 3.5 Storage Port Failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Embedded Storage Port Failover Basic connectivity ESX Server 3i Installable Basic connectivity

Direct Connect

Direct Connect

Direct Connect

HBA Failover

HBA Failover

DS32001
1 2

Requires Update 1 of the ESX Server version listed in the corresponding column. For more information on configuring IBM DS3200 for use with ESX Server, refer to: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004313.

OEM SAN Array Model Reference


Table 67. SAN Array Model Reference
OEM 3PAR 3PAR 3PAR Array Type InServE200 InServS400 InServS800 Mode Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive

50

HBA Failover X

LUN sharing

LUN sharing

LUN sharing

Multipathing

Multipathing

Multipathing

HBA Failover

LUN sharing

LUN sharing

LUN sharing

Multipathing

Multipathing

Multipathing

VMware, Inc.

OEM SAN Array Model Reference

Table 67. SAN Array Model Reference (Continued)


OEM Adaptec BlueArcCorp BlueArcCorp BlueArcCorp BlueArcCorp Compellent EMC EMC EMC(Dell) EMC EMC EMC EMC EMC EqualLogic FalconStorSoftware Fujitsu Fujitsu Fujitsu FujitsuSiemens FujitsuSiemens HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard Array Type SnapServer730i Titan1100 Titan2100 Titan2200 Titan2500 StorageCenter AXseries CXseries CX3series Symmetrixseries CelerraNS20FC CelerraNS40FC CelerraNS20/40/80series,NS350,NS 500/700series,CNS,andNSXDART5.6 InvistaBrocade PSSeries NSSS12 ETERNUS3000 ETERNUS4000 ETERNUS6000 FibreCATSX60 FibreCATSX80 EVA4000 EVA4100 EVA4400 EVA6000 EVA6100 EVA8000 EVA8100 MSA1000FW7.0orhigher MSA1500FW7.0orhigher Mode Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Recommended Path Policy Model String MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed SnapServer730i Titan5.0 Titan5.0 Titan2200 Titan5.0 CompellentVol DGC DGC DGC Symmetrix DGC DGC Celerra Invista EQLOGIC IPStorDisk E3000 E400A E6000 FibreCAT_SX1 FibreCAT_SX1 HSV200 HSV200 HSV300 HSV200 HSV200 HSV210 HSV210 MSA_VOLUME MSA_VOLUME

VMware, Inc.

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Table 67. SAN Array Model Reference (Continued)


OEM HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard HewlettPackard Hifn Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. Hitachi,Ltd. HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems Array Type MSA1500V5 MSA2012fc MSA2212fc MSA2012i XP10000 XP12000 XP20000 XP24000 Swarm3000 BR50 BR150 SANRISE9970V SANRISE9980V SANRISEAMS200 SANRISEAMS500 SANRISEAMS1000 SANRISENSC55 SANRISEUSP100 SANRISEUSP600 SANRISEUSP1100 SANRISEWMS100 SMS100 USPV USPVM HNASServer2100 HNASServer2200 Lightning9970V Lightning9980V SMS100 TagmaStoreAMS200 TagmaStoreAMS500 Mode Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Recommended Path Policy Model String MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 EMULSTORAGE MSA1000VOLUME MSA2012fc HP_MSA2212fc_J200 HP_MSA2012i_J200

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VMware, Inc.

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Table 67. SAN Array Model Reference (Continued)


OEM HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems HitachiDataSystems IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM IBM iStorNetworks LeftHandNetworks LeftHandNetworks LeftHandNetworks LeftHandNetworks LeftHandNetworks LeftHandNetworks LSILogic NEC NEC NEC Array Type TagmaStoreAMS1000 TagmaStoreNSC55 TagmaStoreUSP100 TagmaStoreUSP600 TagmaStoreUSP1100 USPV USPVM TagmastoreWMS100 DS3300 DS3400 DS4200 DS4700 DS4800 DS8000 ESS750/800 ESSF10/F20 N3000Series N5000Series N7000Series SVC iS512 Dell2950andSAN/iQ7 HPProLiantDL320sandSAN/iQ7 NSM160andSAN/iQ7 NSM2060andSAN/iQ7 NSM2120andSAN/iQ7 NSM4150andSAN/iQ7 1932StorageSystem iStorageD110 iStorageD310 iStorageD8 Mode Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Recommended Path Policy Model String MRU/Fixed1 Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed AlwaysFixed Fixed LUN LUN LUN 2145 iS512 iSCSIDisk iSCSIDisk iSCSIDisk iSCSIDisk iSCSIDisk iSCSIDisk INF0100 iStorage1000 iStorage1000 iStorage1000 17264xx 1815 1814 1815 2107900

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OEM NEC NEC NEC NEC NEC NetApp NihonUnisys NihonUnisys NihonUnisys NihonUnisys NihonUnisys NihonUnisys NihonUnisys OpenE OverlandStorage RELDATAInc Sanrad StoneFly Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Transtec Array Type iStorageNV3400S iStorageNV5400S iStorageNV7400S iStorageS1500 iStorageS2900 FAS900Series SANARENA1830 SANARENA1870 SANARENA1890 SANARENA1895 SANARENA18AS SANARENA5200 SANARENA5800 DSSwithIntelS5000PAL/SR2500 ULTAMUSRAID1200 9240 VSTOR OptiSAN StorageTek2540 StorageTek6540 StorageTek9970 StorageTek9980 StorageTek9985 StorageTek9985 StorageTek9985v StorageTek9990 StorageTek9990v StorageTekFlexline240 StorageTekFlexline280 StorageTekFlexline380 PROVIGO550F Mode Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activepassive Activepassive Activepassive Activeactive Recommended Path Policy Model String MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 MRU/Fixed1 Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed AlwaysFixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed MRUMostRecentlyUsed AlwaysFixed OPENstorageD240 OPENstorageD280 STKFLEXLINE380 PROVIGO550F DataStorageServer F5412E IP_GATEWAY_9240 VSTORVolume OPSNv2 LCSM100_F FLEXLINE380 iStorageNV3400S iStorageNV5400S iStorageNV7400S iStorage1000 iStorage1000

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Array Type Magnitude3D3000 Magnitude3D4000 F5412E F5402E

Mode Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive Activeactive

Recommended Path Policy Model String Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Magnitude3D F5412E F5402E

Path policy is changed to Fixed in ESX 3.5 patch ESX350-200804401-BG. See knowledge base article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004161 for more information.

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