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  • 1.  Direct 10 GbE network connection between host and NAS

    Posted Apr 12, 2024 07:46 PM

    Hello all,

    I have a standalone ESXi 7.0 host on a Dell PowerEdge R540.
    I also have a QNAP NAS that I use for hosting an NFS datastore.

    The connection between the two is over the network, but I would like to connect them directly, so traffic doesn't traverse over the network.

    I can add 2x10 GbE SFP+ transceivers to the NAS and a Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ PCIe Adapter to the Dell server.


    My questions are:

    1. Is connecting the ESXi host to the NAS directly doable to begin with?
    2. How will I be able to assign a static IP to the new added NIC on the ESXi host? Will it show up in the IPv4 settings?
    3. I can aggregate two ports on the NAS - can I also do that on the ESXi side? If not, I guess there's no reason for two transceivers on the server other than a spare?

    Thanks!

     



  • 2.  RE: Direct 10 GbE network connection between host and NAS

    Posted Apr 13, 2024 09:02 AM

    Is connecting the ESXi host to the NAS directly doable to begin with?

    Yes, should be. Still you can try to test it as I don't find any reference article with steps.

    How will I be able to assign a static IP to the new added NIC on the ESXi host? Will it show up in the IPv4 settings?

    You have to create a vmkernel portgroup in order to configure network on ESXi node. 

    I can aggregate two ports on the NAS - can I also do that on the ESXi side? If not, I guess there's no reason for two transceivers on the server other than a spare?

    In the virtual switch settings you can set a teaming policy for nics and make them active/active.