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Using MPIO with Hyper-V

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mfeightner34
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Using MPIO with Hyper-V

The following post is from 2013 and can be found here: Hyper-V Core - iSCSI Setup

In that post, there is a note stating "You cannot install the MPIO features in the free Hyper-V version."   I'm assuming they were talking about Nimble MPIO but cannot find any other reference to confirm or deny this statement -- can anyone shed any light on why this would be the case, or if it's true?  Thanks!

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pbitpro96
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Re: Using MPIO with Hyper-V

MPIO can be added to Hyper-V 2012 R2 (the free hypervisor) because it is a feature, not a role.

No other roles can be added to this server.

Make sure your iSCSI initiator service is running (PowerShell or RSAT), run Install-WindowsFeature Multipath-IO (or use RSAT to add the feature), reboot, finish setting it up (timeouts, load-balancing, etc) and you are ready for MPIO goodness!

I don't think you can install the Windows Toolkit on the hypervisor... would be nice to have though!

mfeightner34
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Re: Using MPIO with Hyper-V

Paul, thank you for the clarifications, much appreciated!

mfeightner34
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Re: Using MPIO with Hyper-V



From previous post: I don't think you can install the Windows Toolkit on the hypervisor... would be nice to have though!






FYI to Paul and anyone else interested:

I tried installing the Windows Toolkit on our 2012 R2 hypervisors, and YES, so far everything is working fine -- including Nimble Connection Manager.  I just run the executable from command prompt, and it launches and does all the work for me when adding or removing volumes.

Very cool, Nimble!