Fibre & iSCSI and NFS v4.1 Shared Storage

Learn how to connect ESXi 6 to Fibre SANs, iSCSI SANs and NFS v4.1 File Shares | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

Shared Fibre or iSCSI storage absolutely essential to unlocking the unique features and capabilities of VMware vSphere 6. In this chapter you will learn everything you need to know to connect your ESXi hosts to a Storage Network, scan for SAN volumes (called Logical Unit Numbers or LUNs) and add those volumes to your ESXi host's LUN roster. You'll also learn about the many improvements introduced by ESXi 6's new support for NFS version 4.1 shares.

In this course, you will learn:

  • To understand and design basic of Fibre SAN networks
  • To secure your Fibre SAN network using Hard and Soft Zoning
  • About Hardware Runtime Names - names that make it easier to work with shared storage volumes
  • The basic of iSCSI shared storage including Initiators and Targets
  • How to configure the iSCSI software initiator to leverage existing physical NICs and avoid having to buy iSCSI Hardware Initiators
  • How to add iSCSI SAN details to your ESXi host
  • How to SAN your iSCSI SAN for storage volumes
  • To configure and use NFS v4.1 file shares
  • The benefits in reliability and availability offered by NFS v4.1

By the end of this class you will be able to describe, configure and use Fibre, iSCSI and NFS v4.1 shared storage.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

Fibre and iSCSI SAN Storage, NAS / NFS v4.1 Shared Storage
Fibre and iSCSI SAN Storage and NS v4.1 File Shares FREE PREVIEW
Shared Storage - Overview FREE PREVIEW
Shared Storage - Project Plan FREE PREVIEW
Shared Storage - Problems and Opportunities FREE PREVIEW
Entry Level Storage Area Network (SAN) Features FREE PREVIEW
Higher End SAN Features
Fibre Storage Area Networks
Fibre Switched Fabric Topology
Fibre Networks - World Wide Names (WWNs)
Fibre SAN Zoning Options
VMware Runtime Hardware Paths
Hardware Path Auto Discovery
iSCSI Shared Storage
iSCSI Capabilities
iSCSI Motivation
iSCSI Block Diagram
iSCSI Network Redundancy Options
Understanding iSCSI Qualified Names
iSCSI Logical Unit (LUN) Discovery Options
iSCSI Hardware Initiators (Controllers)
iSCSI Software Initiators
Configuring the Software iSCSI Initiator
Changing the iSCSI Software Initiator's iSCSI Qualified Name (IQN)
Entering the IP Addresses of iSCSI SAN Targets
Configured iSCSI Targets
Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)
CHAP Authentication Explained
Correctly Added iSCSI Targets
Scanning an iSCSI SAN for Storage Volumes
Reviewing New iSCSI LUNs
Reviewing Newly Discovered Datastores
Datastore Properties
View Storage Devices by ESXi Host
iSCSI Trade Offs
Troubleshooting iSCSI Storage
ESXi 6 - NFS v4.1 Support
NFS v4.1 Multipathing (vCenter)
NFS v3 versus NFS v4.1 Client Features
Parallel NFS (pNFS) v4.1 with ESXi 6.0
NFS v4.1 - Best Practices
Upgrading NFS v3 to NFS v4.1
Shared Storage - Lab FREE PREVIEW
Shared Storage - Review and Questions FREE PREVIEW
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