vSphere VMFS Datastore - Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage protocol with ONTAP

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About this task

This section covers the creation of a VMFS datastore with the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) transport protocol to ONTAP storage.

For automated provisioning, use one of these scripts: [PowerShell], [Ansible], or [Terraform].

What you need

  • The basic skills necessary to manage a vSphere environment and ONTAP

  • An ONTAP storage system (FAS/AFF/CVO/ONTAP Select) running ONTAP 9.8 or later

  • ONTAP credentials (SVM name, userID, and password)

  • A supported FCoE combination

  • A completed configuration worksheet

  • vCenter Server credentials

  • vSphere host(s) information

    • vSphere 7.0 or later

  • Fabric switch(es)

    • With either ONTAP FC data ports or vSphere hosts connected

    • With the N_port ID virtualization (NPIV) feature enabled

    • Create a single initiator single target zone.

    • FC/FCoE zoning configured

  • Network switch(es)

  • ONTAP Tool for VMware vSphere deployed, configured, and ready to consume

Provision a VMFS datastore

ONTAP tasks

  1. Verify the ONTAP license for FCP.

    1. Use the system license show command to verify that the FCP is listed.

    2. Use license add -license-code <license code> to add a license.

  2. Verify that the FCP protocol is enabled on the SVM.

  3. Verify that FCP logical interfaces are available on the SVM.

    1. Use Network Interface show to verify the FCP adapter.

    2. When the SVM is created with the GUI, logical interfaces are a part of that process.

    3. To rename the network interface, use Network Interface modify.

  4. Create and map a LUN; skip this step if you are using ONTAP tools for VMware vSphere.

VMware vSphere tasks

  1. Verify that HBA drivers are installed. VMware-supported HBAs have drivers deployed out of the box and should be visible in the storage adapter information.

  2. Provision a VMFS datastore with ONTAP Tools.