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  • 1.  FC and with ISCSI

    Posted Jun 12, 2014 01:31 PM

    I have a IBM Blade center with 4 blades running ESXI 5.1 enterprise.

    The blades are connected to storage through a FC (Fiber Channel) switch.

    I have added a new SAN to blade center but due to some unforseen port licencing issues with my Cisco MDS 9000 FC Switch , i can only connect one of the 2 FC connects to my blade right now.

    The SAN also comes with ISCSI,  so my question is,  can i have a multipath set up with FC and ISCSI?  or is that a bad idea?

  • 2.  RE: FC and with ISCSI
    Best Answer

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 17, 2014 04:02 AM

    Hi Friend,

    Here is the thread that talks on your query :

    fibre channel - Is it possible to multipath across FC and iSCSI? - Server Fault

  • 3.  RE: FC and with ISCSI

    Posted Jun 17, 2014 04:13 PM

    You can use both protocols for separate LUNs, but mixing FC and iSCSI access with the same LUN is not supported by VMware. Not on a single host and not between hosts in a cluster. Each LUN should only be accessed by a single protocol in the whole vSphere environment.

    In either case, I don't think it makes much sense to mix protocols unless you have a rare use case like in-Guest clustering with iSCSI, so stick with a single protocol as long as you can.