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  • 1.  Direct attach FC storage is supported?

    Posted May 03, 2023 09:11 AM

    excuse me, 

    I'm thinking about connecting the FC storage to ESXi servers(which have 16Gb FC HBA card) directly, without any SAN switch or media, just cables.

    the document https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/com.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc/GUID-6029358F-8EE8-4143-9BB0-16ABB3CA0FE3.html didn't say that it's not supported.

    So, can I assume that this scenario can be achieved and operates normally(with correct settings)?

    Will the configuration be different from typically FC topology?(which has SAN switch)

    does anyone have such experience?



  • 2.  RE: Direct attach FC storage is supported?

    Posted May 03, 2023 01:12 PM

    ,

    Yes, it is fully supported, on small environment this is sometimes the selection to avoid the cost of acquiring SAN Switches, you can perfectly use it.



  • 3.  RE: Direct attach FC storage is supported?
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    Posted May 03, 2023 03:17 PM

    This is definitely supported. You can find supported hardware for this in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

    Just have a look here: VMware Compatibility Guide - Storage/SAN 

    Be sure to select Transport Type: FC and Array Test Configuration: Direct Attach to see supported hardware and configurations for your purpose. But the direct-attach configuration by itself is certainly supported.

     



  • 4.  RE: Direct attach FC storage is supported?

    Posted May 03, 2023 06:32 PM

    Hello.

    you must validate that the fc storage  supports direct connection on the manufacturer's website or in the storage documentation.

    you must also validate that the hba is supported by the storage.