An independent hardware iSCSI adapter is a specialized third-party adapter capable of accessing iSCSI storage over TCP/IP. This iSCSI adapter handles all iSCSI and network processing and management for your ESXi system.

When you connect the vSphere Client directly to a host, the setup and configuration process for the independent hardware iSCSI adapters involves these steps:

1

Check whether the adapter needs to be licensed.

See your vendor documentation.

2

Install the adapter.

For installation information and information on firmware updates, see vendor documentation.

3

Verity that the adapter is installed correctly.

See View Independent Hardware iSCSI Adapters in the vSphere Client.

4

Configure discovery information.

See Configuring Discovery Addresses for iSCSI Adapters.

5

(Optional) Configure CHAP parameters.

See Configuring CHAP Parameters for iSCSI Adapters.

6

(Optional) Enable Jumbo Frames.

See Using Jumbo Frames with iSCSI.