How to configure iSCSI on vSAN

iSCCI is one of the best option where we can use our vSAN datastore from outside. We an configure our vSAN enabled ESXi hosts as iSCSI target.This help us to configure guest level clustering also.

Login to vCenter

Select the cluster

Select Configure

Click on edit button which in line with vSAN iSCSI Target Server option under vSAN services configuration

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Select vmk0 adapter from Default iSCSI net(Here I have selected my default management network)

I’m using default port(3260)

I’m not using authentication for this lab setup.

Also I have selected default vSAN policy

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Configure backup & restore vCenter 6.7

This is a very useful feature when its working with changes.This is the easiest way to restore our vCenter.

As a destination backup media we need to have http,https,ftp or ftps server. Since I had windows server. Just I add web roles with ffp feature sfrom server manager.

Once I completed that process. I have to do the following configuration on windows server.

Open Internet information service manager

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vSphere 6.7 Quick boot

vSphere 6.7 quick boot is new feature which is integrated with update manager. When we performing patching activities with earlier versions of vSphere most of the time we need to reboot the ESX hosts. This is very painful because normayy it will take more than 5 minutes to reboot hardware server. Also sometimes we may need to login using ILO\BMC\IDRAC and check the boot status.

With the version 6.7 we can configure quick boot of ESX hosts.This feature will allow us to reboot only the hypervisor without rebooting ESX’s hardware.

Requirements of this feature-

This feature will not work with all the hardware servers.we can follow below link to get the compatible hardware models.

Dell severs

HP Servers

How to check the compatibility of your server-

We can run

/usr/lib/vmware/loadesx/bin/loadESXCheckCompat.py

And check the compatibility of our server with quick boot.

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How to configure this feature

1.login to your vCenter web client

Go to the update manager

Select Manage

Select Settings

Click on Edit

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Enable quick boot

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Now we are going to remediate one of my esx host.

From the target host we can see qucik boot is enable on this

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I used VMware hol HOL-1904-01-SDC-HOL to test this feature

Reference links

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52477