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setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

Hello,

 

As far as I know NetApp\Vmware best practice with iscsi protocol is setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

Iscsi A

Iscsi B

 

Do you have a document that states that?

 

Thank you.

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Re: setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2495115

 

It is recommended that all SVMs in ISCSI configurations have a minimum of two LIF's per node in separate Ethernet networks for redundancy and MPIO across multiple paths.

 

doesn't necessarily have to be vlans,  just two separate networks (switches) 

Re: setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

Under VMware, one technique is to do this (using VLANs 133/134 for iSCSI):

1. Create a standard vSwtich (vSwitch 2) with both iSCSI vmnics (lets call them vmnic4 and vmnic5)

2. Create a port-group called iSCSI-A-133 in vSwitch 2 and insert a vmk

3. Create a port-group called iSCSI-B-134 in vSwitch 2 and insert a vmk

4. Configure the iSCSI-A-133 vmk teaming-failover to over-ride and make sure that vmnic4 is active and vmnic5 is unused.

5. Configure the iSCSI-B-133 vmk teaming-failover to over-ride and make sure that vmnic5 is active and vmnic4 is unused.

6. Go to the iSCSI software configuration and enable port-binding for those two vmks.

This allows for two interfaces inside a vswitch which allows vmware to think it has failover and you override that anyway with port-binding.

 

 

Re: setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

thank you for your reply.

there is no documentaion for using 2 vlans at all?

Re: setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

Re: setup Ontap with two Separate vlans for ISCSI

It's Best Practice to have seperate Fabrics for Block storage. 
just like with FC traffic, it's not recommended to run iSCSI traffic on a single switch. 
One way to accomplish this, is to physically seperate Fabric A and Fabric B ( FC or iSCSI) on seperate switches. 
Another Best Practice is to use VLANs to seperate iSCSI traffic from other types of data traffic ( NFS / CIFs)

 

 

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