Learn iSCSI concepts and how iSCSI storage arrays are connected to an ESXi host.
- [Instructor] In this video, I'll explain some of the basic concepts of an iSCSI storage array. iSCSI is one of the possible storage array options that we can choose from. And for the moment, we're just going to really focus on the storage array components and the network that we use to communicate with it. So let's remove to the ESXi Host from our image here. And the first component we see, moving from left to right, is Ethernet Switches. We're going to use a TCPIP network to connect our ESCXi Host to the iSCSI storage array.
The next component we see, moving left to right, is our storage processors. The storage processors are the brains of the storage array. These are what provide connectivity to our Ethernet network. They also are the processors that actually run the iSCSI storage array. And an iSCSI array is a blocked storage device. So, in this case we have a Disk Aggregate and we have LUNs. Just like the rest of our blocked storage devices, fiber channel, and fiber channel over Ethernet, with iSCSI, we also have LUNs, or logical unit numbers.
These LUNs are used to divide up the capacity of the Disk Aggregate. And then once we successfully connect the ESXi Host to the same network as the iSCSI storage array, now we can begin to create data stores on those LUNs So, what we'll do is we'll launch the vSphere web client. And we'll choose an available LUN, that we've discovered on this iSCSI storage array. And we'll create a VMFS data store on that LUN.
Note: This course maps to the Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage domain from the VCP6-DCV exam blueprint. Learn more about the exam objectives at VMware's site.
- Comparing VMFS (Virtual Machine File System) and NFS (Network File System)
- Working with Fibre Channel and FCoE
- Configuring iSCSI storage and authentication
- Working with block storage and VMFS
- Managing storage filters
- Using vSphere storage APIs
- Sharing virtual disks
- Configuring NFS storage
- Using vSphere Virtual Volumes
- Configuring VSAN data stores
- Configuring SIOC data stores
Skill Level Intermediate
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