Configuring a Dell PowerVault SAN

Below is a brief description of how to configure a Dell PowerVault SAN.

On iSCSI Network cards on Server:

  • Disable client for MS networks
  • Disable Netbios over TCP
  • Disable File & Printer sharing
  • Do not register connection in DNS
  • Enable Jumbo Frames and set to 9000
  1. Configure Jumbo frames on SAN, Switches and Server (9000 on server and SAN – Just enable on Switches)
  2. Disable Spanning Tree port fast on switches (Recommended to disable if using SAN)
  3. Connect to SAN management port (Default IP’s of SAN management ports – & 102)
  4. Set your IP to same range – Wait bit for default static IP’s to be assigned (Will look for DHCP and after 150 seconds assign default static IP)
  5. Install Dell Storage Manager Software (Run auto discover and it will pick up the SAN)
  6. Using software configure Raid Pools and Virtual Discs
  7. Rename Server network Cards to appropriate names.
  8. Configure switches  according to:
  9. Configure IP address of SAN iSCSI ports as well as set frames to  9000 (Jumbo Frames)
  10. Enable Jumbo frames on Server NIC’s (9000).
  11. Disable client for MS networks
  12. Disable netbios over tcp
  13. Disable File & Printer sharing
  14. Do not register connection in DNS
  15. Assign IP addresses to Server NIC’s
  16. iSCSI Initiator configuration follow below:
  17. Discover portal add IP address of SAN iSCSI NIC’s (PowerVault limited to 2 connections and Equalogics to 4)
  18. Back to targets and select target and say connect
  19. Select enable multipath
  20. Click advanced – set local adapter as iSCSI initiator
  21. Set Initiator IP address
  22. Set corresponding target IP address
  23. Go to properties of target – Add session – Enable multipath – advanced – set local and target to secondary iSCSI connection on SAN
  24. Go back to Storage Manager and add host
  25. Assign volumes to host.

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