This manual, the Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide, explains how to use VMware® ESX® and VMware ESXi systems with a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN).

The manual discusses conceptual background, installation requirements, and management information in the following main topics:

Overview of VMware ESX/ESXi – Introduces ESX/ESXi systems for SAN administrators.

Using ESX/ESXi with a Fibre Channel SAN – Discusses requirements, noticeable differences in SAN setup if ESX/ESXi is used, and how to manage and troubleshoot the two systems together.

Using Boot from SAN with ESX/ESXi Systems – Discusses requirements, limitations, and management of boot from SAN.

The Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide covers ESX, ESXi, and VMware vCenter® Server.

The information presented in this manual is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology datacenter operations.

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