This topic provides an overview of installation and setup steps that you need to follow when configuring your SAN environment to work with ESX/ESXi.

Follow these steps to configure your ESX/ESXi SAN environment.

1

Design your SAN if it is not already configured. Most existing SANs require only minor modification to work with ESX/ESXi.

2

Check that all SAN components meet requirements.

3

Perform any necessary storage array modification.

Most vendors have vendor-specific documentation for setting up a SAN to work with VMware ESX/ESXi.

4

Set up the HBAs for the hosts you have connected to the SAN.

5

Install ESX/ESXi on the hosts.

6

Create virtual machines and install guest operating systems.

7

(Optional) Set up your system for VMware HA failover or for using Microsoft Clustering Services.

8

Upgrade or modify your environment as needed.