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 ESX/ESXi system.

The setup and configuration process for the independent hardware iSCSI adapters involves these steps:


Check whether the adapter needs to be licensed.

See your vendor documentation.


Install the adapter.

For installation information, see vendor documentation.


Verity that the adapter is installed correctly.

See View Independent Hardware iSCSI Adapters.


Configure discovery addresses.

See Configuring Discovery Addresses for iSCSI Initiators.


Configure CHAP parameters.

See Configuring CHAP Parameters for iSCSI Adapters.

For your host to be able to access iSCSI storage, you must first install the hardware iSCSI adapter and configure discovery address and CHAP parameters.