Scott Hanson
3 Argentium

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Not sure, have you called your sales rep ? I'll ping one of the sales guys I know and see if it's possible. I get everything for free, so not too familiar with the sales and ordering process :-)
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Scott Hanson
3 Argentium

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

I contacted a sales person I know and he said that your sales person would have to create an order in DOMs for that SKU, which is 430-2972

He says that SKU doesn't show in the normal catalog, so have to use the special process. I'm only relaying the information, so you should double check with your salesperson that it is the correct SKU for the key.

Hope that helps.
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Stooartbaby
2 Iron

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Hi Guys,

I understand that this will allow us to boot from SAN, but is the funtionality avaiable to a VM hosted on a ESX R805 for eg? and will it then allow for conectivity to other devices (other world wide names)??

Thanks,
Stuart.
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Patman54
1 Copper

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

"I contacted a sales person I know and he said that your sales person would have to create an order in DOMs for that SKU, which is 430-2972

He says that SKU doesn't show in the normal catalog, so have to use the special process. I'm only relaying the information, so you should double check with your salesperson that it is the correct SKU for the key.

Hope that helps."
Thanks Scott.

I'll pass this on to our hardware and software acquisition guy.

It might be a good idea to add a reference about this to the firmware and driver download pages.

...Pat
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Scott Hanson
3 Argentium

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Stuart, can you elaborate ? You can certainly connect an iSCSI target to an R805 running ESX using ESX's built in iSCSI initiator.
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wcnichols
1 Copper

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Does this technology work in vSphere 4? Will it work on a VM on the hardware that has this feature?
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MarcusW01
2 Iron

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Hello,

I checked the docs about ISCSI boot http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/network/BroadCom/R125875/en/iscsi.htm (Broadcom 57xx series) and also verfied the docs http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf and also verified an example with MD 3000I http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/network/BFi/ to get an idea about.
My conclusion : I think its possible to create a bootable ESX (maybe with 3rd party tool) with flashed nics of the R805 ,but all in all VMWARE recommends, if using ESX booting from ISCSI, to use an ISCSI HBA such as QLOGIC ones and only supports it, that counts in my opinion. Well, sure thing you can do and setup, create and configure "limits", but its still not supported of the vendor as well as there are limitations of the hardware vendor, it does not count if its dell, hp or ibm or somewhere else.I had several discussions about sense of booting an ESX from ISCSI (in most cases you have got an usb stick with the installation or a SD card or local drives (which I definately recommend i.e. 2 73 gb sas drives raid 1 with a sas 6 ir , a perc controller is too oversized).

2nd part follows
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MarcusW01
2 Iron

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

2nd part Smiley Happy

If using an iscsi disk for a virtual machine, you can use raw disks (but be aware of limitations). All in all VMWARE recommends an ISCSI HBA and qlogic is one of the vendors and this config is supported, other configs, ideas ,etc. are still "beta" and not supported, well for a non productive enviroment, its an idea to flash the nics of the r805 and config them to boot from iscsi and if its works, well done.

I`m happy that VMWARE upgraded the Kernel and Jumbo frames are now possible even with a software initiator, on ESX 3.5 there was a "workaround" to enbale jumbos on software initiator, but well, that was a thing like "you do it on your own" *g Depending of attached ISCSI storage I recommend if using booting from ISCSI , use an ISCSI HBA which is supproted of vmware, then you won`t get trouble with possible config issues and support limits.

Hopefully this helps you to decide
Best regards

Marcus
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budd79
1 Copper

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Hi there I to am having problems,

We have a PE R805 with Broadcom BCM5708C netXtreme II. We have downloaded the latest driver and firmware and are trying to use the on board iSCSI adapter to connect to our san box.

We believe we are doing the connection properly, but the drive never shows up in the disk management. When we check on the iSCSI server it does show that the server is conencted, but nothing.

We are using the Windows 2008 R2 x64 iscsi connector to try and connect.
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budd79
1 Copper

RE: iSCSI Enabled NICs

Hi there I to am having problems,

We have a PE R805 with Broadcom BCM5708C netXtreme II. We have downloaded the latest driver and firmware and are trying to use the on board iSCSI adapter to connect to our san box.

We believe we are doing the connection properly, but the drive never shows up in the disk management. When we check on the iSCSI server it does show that the server is conencted, but nothing.

We are using the Windows 2008 R2 x64 iscsi connector to try and connect.
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