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.