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Multipathing on Netapp filer

Hi Guys,

I want to configure multipathing in between windows server and ESXi server. please suggest the pre-requisite and how to configure it.

regards

VINAY

Re: Multipathing on Netapp filer

Hi VINAY

Do you want to connect a Windows server and an ESXi server to a NetApp filer? The multipathing method you use will depend on which data protocol(s) you use - NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel. Which ones are you interested in?

Regards

Adam

Re: Multipathing on Netapp filer

Hi Adam,

Currently i am looking for iSCSI but it would be good if u provide in detail for both iSCSI and FC/FCoE.

regards

VINAY

Re: Multipathing on Netapp filer

Vinay,

Adam is right, you should first decide on which protocol to use since there are differences on multipath configurations depending on the protocol you choose.

For iSCSI on Windows, take a look at this: https://communities.netapp.com/blogs/mikemcnamara/2011/06/06/demartek-iscsi-deployment-guide-2011

For FCP:

  • On Windows, you should use DSM MPIO from NetApp;
  • On VMware ESXi, you should use ESXi native multipath capabilities. Just make sure you use ALUA enabled LUNs and round-robin as the multipath path selection policy.

For VMware, also take a look at this: http://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-3749.pdf

* there are amenities that should be considered depending on the protocol you use.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Pedro Rocha.