Before ESXi can work with a SAN, you must set up your iSCSI adapters and storage.
The following table lists the iSCSI adapters (vmhbas) that ESXi supports and indicates whether VMkernel networking configuration is required.
|iSCSI Adapter (vmhba)||Description||VMkernel Networking|
|Software||Uses standard NICs to connect your host to a remote iSCSI target on the IP network.||Required|
|Independent Hardware||Third-party adapter that offloads the iSCSI and network processing and management from your host.||Not required|
|Dependent Hardware||Third-party adapter that depends on VMware networking and iSCSI configuration and management interfaces.||Required|
After you set up the iSCSI adapters, you can create a datastore on iSCSI storage. For details on how to create and manage datastores, see Creating Datastores.