Dell PowerVault MD 3000i Configuration Guide for VMware ESX Server Software

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The Dell™ PowerVault™ MD3000i storage solution consists of a standard or high availability configuration. The standard model has a single controller with two 1GbE ports. It can be deployed to support up to 16 hosts non-redundantly. The high availability model has dual controllers with two 1GbE ports per controller for a total of four 1GbE ports. The dual controller option can connect up to 16 fully redundant hosts. This document provides instructions to setup the MD3000i iSCSI storage solution for usage with VMware® ESX Server™ software.


The Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI storage array contains four Ethernet ports through which the VD can be accessed affording both redundancy and availability of data. Provisioning of storage on servers in a VM environment is a multiple step process starting with definition of the server names for host access. The iSCSI connection is then established from the storage subsystem, and after detection and configuration is established as a two way link with the associated ESX server(s), completing the iSCSI communication subsystem. The final step allocates the detected storage to the individual virtual machines (VM's), where all or part of the configured storage can be assigned to individual VM's.

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