A dependent hardware iSCSI adapter is a third-party adapter that relies on VMware networking and iSCSI configuration.

An example of a dependent iSCSI adapter is a Broadcom 5709 NIC. When installed on a host, it presents its two components, a standard network adapter and an iSCSI engine, to the same port. The iSCSI engine appears on the list of storage adapters as an iSCSI adapter. Although the dependent iSCSI adapter is enabled by default, you must take action to make it functional. First, through a virtual VMkernel interface, you connect it to a physical network adapter associated with it. You can then configure the dependent iSCSI adapter.


View a dependent hardware iSCSI adapter to verify that it is correctly loaded.


You create network connections to bind dependent iSCSI and network adapters. To create the connections correctly, you must determine the name of the physical NIC with which the dependent hardware iSCSI adapter is associated.


Configure connections for the traffic between the software or dependent hardware iSCSI adapters and the physical network adapters.