I am called SCSIraidGURU for a reason. I started with SCSI I 85 MB drives in the 80s. My workstation used LSI Logic SAS RAID 10 with 15K SAS drives. I have been going through the iSCSI stuff on your videos. How do I build an iSCSI device that my HP DL360e Gen8 VMware box can get to. Yes, I know it is slow by production standards, it is for my house. I have all four drives installed on the DL360e. I was thinking of other storage. My house has CAT 6 gigabit in it.
Building iSCSI for VMWare for my house
I hope all is well. Great question ! Let's see what we can do to give you an answer. There are several different choices that you can make here, so I am going to recommend a relatively straightforward one that is fairly simple to setup. If you take a look at it, and do not like it, or think that you want to go a different route, then we can discuss other options.
There are a bunch of different NAS solutions available out there, and many of them have some sort of software based "free" option for limited home use in scenarios like yours. FreeNAS is one such solution, and a pretty good one.
While I am sure that you can probably go through the documentation on your own and figure out how to get everything setup, if you want to save some time and trouble, then take a look at the following, which does a complete walk through of what needs to be done, in what order and correctly, to get you up and running.
Hope that helps. If not, please let me know, and I will be happy to discuss other options with you.
Good Luck !!
@adam-gordon I thought doing iSCSI would be interesting to do. MY HP MSA2040 SAN has FC/iSCSI controllers in it. I was wondering about finding an iSCSI controller and using it. I will check out your notes and post back what I decided to do on the build. It might not be for a few months to a year to build it. Usually, I plan on everything on paper and then buy the hardware. I would love to try the new SAS drives on the market.
The testing center for my CCNP is moving so I have a wait a few weeks for my CCNP Route exam. I think Switch and Tshoot should go quickly. I am still going through VCP-DVC videos and book. I didn't know VMware was such a pain to learn.
Our son will be 3 months old in a few weeks. TIme flies with children. Our new house is nice.
The videos on your site are helping with VMware. I started on the Kaplan VMware exam prep. I want to get it done by August.
If you want to go "old-school" and do the hardware thing, that will be cool as well. Just pay attention to the throughput and latency issues with whatever you choose, as they can really become problematic depending on the kind of scaling you may do once it is all complete.
I will be filming new VMware content over the next few months once I finish up the CISSP refresh we have just started, so be in the lookout for it. We will be updating the VCP-DCV content so it is current based on market availability for 6.7.
I know about latency on SCSI and SAS. Getting the right controller with a battery cache helps with it a lot. I wished my 8708EM2 has a cache module slot. I would have done 512 MB or 1 GB. I would probably look for a solution that is already built that does SAS drives instead of SATA. Many of the NAS solutions are SATA.
WOW! CISSP I looked at getting it. 6 hour exam is what stopped the idea of it. Not sure I want to invest time into a 6 hour exam. VCP 6 is a good point even VMware doesn't recommend 6.5 on their break fix side with all the bugs and hardware issues. I would probably get my VCP 6 and then do the 6.5 exam to stay current.