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  • 1.  Windows 2012 SAN - Supported?

    Posted Apr 30, 2015 01:45 PM

    Hey Everyone,

    Is the Windows SAN supported on VMWare?  Would anyone use this for their environment?

    Any feedback would be appreciated, thank you.


  • 2.  RE: Windows 2012 SAN - Supported?

    Posted May 01, 2015 03:36 PM

    Bad news: not supported. MSFT iSCSI and NFS are both missing from VMware HCL. See:


    (Microsoft is not listed as a vendor there...)

    Good news: You can use StarWind Virtual SAN Free. Also Windows-based but iSCSI *IS* supported by VMware for 5.5 and 6.0 (NFS is on the way). See:

    VMware Compatibility Guide: Storage/SAN Search (StarWind Virtual SAN Free)

    Unlike Microsoft iSCSI implementation StarWind does fault-tolerance (synchronous replication), RAM & SSD cache, tiering, snapshots, log-structured file system (like NetApp & Nimble) and other nice things. Still for FREE :smileyhappy:


    Good luck! :smileyhappy: