FC configuration for ESXi using VSC overview

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Using the ONTAP System Manager classic interface (ONTAP 9.7 and earlier), you can quickly set up the FC service on a storage virtual machine (SVM), provision a LUN, and make the LUN available as a datastore using an FC HBA on an ESX host computer.

Use this procedure if:

  • You are using a supported version of Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere to configure storage settings for your ESX host and to provision the datastores.

  • Your network uses IPv4 addressing.

  • You are using traditional FC HBAs on ESXi 5.x and traditional FC switches.

    This procedure does not cover FCoE.

  • You have at least two FC target ports available on each node in the cluster.

    Onboard FC and UTA2 (also called “CNA”) ports, as well as some adapters are configurable. Configuring those ports is done in the ONTAP CLI and is not covered in this procedure.

  • You are not configuring FC SAN boot.

  • You are creating datastores on the host.

    This procedure does not cover raw device mapping (RDM) disks or using N-port ID virtualization (NPIV) to provide FC directly to VMs.

Other ways to do this in ONTAP

To perform these tasks with…​ See this content…​

The redesigned System Manager (available with ONTAP 9.7 and later)

Provision SAN storage for VMware datastores

The ONTAP command line interface (CLI)

LUN setup workflow with the CLI

Additional resources

If these assumptions are not correct for your situation, you should see the following resources: