Network and Storage Protocols

Host Utilities with multi vendors


If I am setting up Windows 2008 R2 via iSCSI with a FAS - 3140 and a Equallogic P6000E (LUN's from both) should I NOT install the host utilities or NetApp/Equallogic DSM's?  Should I go plain vanilla Microsoft for iSCSI/DSM?






Hi, it's Joe with Dell EqualLogic. You should be able to use various vendor DSM's on the same host.  The EqualLogic DSM's are optional.

The EqualLogic DSM does offer enhanced features that the native Microsoft iSCSI initiator DSM currently doesn't offer. Most notably in the MPIO module. Normally with the native DSM, you need to login to each iSCSI interface that is part of the multi-path (i.e., INT_iSCSI_0, INT_iSCSI_1, etc.) one at a time. With the EqualLogic DSM, you first identify the iSCSI subnet you want to use for the connections, then login to the first interface, and the rest of the interfaces in the iSCSI SAN subnet will "automatically" connect the remainder of the interfaces.




If memory serves right, this has changed recently, i.e. you are OK to have NetApp DSM & another (non-NetApp) DSM on the same host.

I have no idea though, what's Equallogic view on that.


Register for Insight 2021 Digital

INSIGHT 2021 Digital: Meet the Specialists 2

On October 20-22, gear up for a fully digital, totally immersive virtual experience with a downright legendary lineup of world-renowned specialists. Tune in for visionary conversations, solution deep dives, technical sessions and more.

NetApp on Discord Image

We're on Discord, are you?

Live Chat, Watch Parties, and More!

Explore Banner

Meet Explore, NetApp’s digital sales platform

Engage digitally throughout the sales process, from product discovery to configuration, and handle all your post-purchase needs.

NetApp Insights to Action
I2A Banner