4 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2014 9:30 AM by Vaughn Manthe RSS

    Qlogic HBA ARP Redirect

    Vaughn Manthe Newbie

      I have a client migrating to a a Nimble SAN and once finished we are going to have 2 paths per ESXi server. This will be using the Qlogic QLE4062 iSCSI HBA.

      Question is in the configuration of each HBA you can enable Arp Redirection. Do we do this with Nimble?

      I have seen this be required for SAN's similar to Nimble's.

        • Re: Qlgoic HBA & arp redirect
          Gene Costanza Newbie

          The Nimble best practice is to use a software iSCSI adapter however a hardware HBA will work. Also be cognizant that some hardware adapters provide less iSCSI connections than software adapters and I am aware of a customer that reverted to the software adapter to get to the higher number of connecitons.




          According to Nimble support Nimble does not need ARP redirect so you can leave it off. One of my peers recently installed a Nimble array in a configuration that had a Qlogic 4062 ISCSI HBA with hardware initiator for ISCSI traffic. He pointed out that unlike a software adapter dynamic discovery won’t work and you have to use static discovery to pick up the Nimble volumes. Also a vSwitch was not required in this configuration since it was direct from initiator (w/ vmhba) to array target ports. 




          Hope this helps.