HP StorageWorks (formerly LeftHand) SAN/iQ systems support ESXi iSCSI connections from a software initiator and hardware initiator.

When configuring SAN/iQ, enable automatic volume resignaturing for SAN/iQ storage devices to allow access to SAN/iQ snapshots and remote copies.

For more information on configuring HP StorageWorks storage for VMware vSphere, see the vendor documentation related to VMware.

Basic configuration steps include several tasks.

1

Install SAN/iQ storage nodes.

2

Create SAN/iQ management groups and clusters.

3

Create volumes.

4

Assign volumes to authentication groups and volume lists.

5

Enable ARP redirection on hardware iSCSI HBAs.

As a best practice, configure virtual IP load balancing in SAN/iQ for all ESXi authentication groups.