We have a Windows 2012 virtual machine (VSphere 5.1) that has the software iSCSI initiator installed and we are presenting an iSCSI LUN directly to it. We have assigned the virtual machine two NICs and are planning on using NetApp DSM for MPIO. Is this supported? I am not finding a clear answer.
"With ESX 3.x/4.x and later, any approved software iSCSI initiator in a supported virtual machine(VM)/Guest OS is supported. Please refer to the respective Operating System support statements on IMT for approved Software Initiators"
I did find the following reference in the vSphere Storage ESXi 5.1 guide under the "ESXi iSCSI SAN Restrictions" (page 78). It says "You cannot use virtual-machine multipathing software to perform I/O load balancing to a single physical LUN.". This statement seems to clearly imply that DSM is not supported in a virtual machine but there still seems to be a lot of confusion about it.