ESXi supports a variety of SAN storage systems in different configurations. Generally, VMware tests ESXi with supported storage systems for basic connectivity, HBA failover, and so on.

Not all storage devices are certified for all features and capabilities of ESXi, and vendors might have specific positions of support with regard to ESXi.

Basic connectivity

Tests whether ESXi can recognize and operate with the storage array. This configuration does not allow for multipathing or any type of failover.

HBA failover

The server is equipped with multiple HBAs connecting to one or more SAN switches. The server is robust to HBA and switch failure only.

Storage port failover

The server is attached to multiple storage ports and is robust to storage port failures and switch failures.

Boot from SAN

The host boots from a LUN configured on the SAN rather than from the server itself.

Direct connect

The server connects to the array without using switches. For all other tests, a fabric connection is used. FC Arbitrated Loop (AL) is not supported.


The system is tested with Microsoft Cluster Service running in the virtual machine.