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Virtual Connect FC, VMware, MSCS clusters setup questions

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Virtual Connect FC, VMware, MSCS clusters setup questions

Mike had some questions in setting up MS Clusters in a VMware environment:




I have a customer who is trying to create SQL clusters on his ESX servers housed on our blades in a VC-Ethernet/VC-FC environment.   When we look at the  vSpher 5.0 documentation, under MSCS Setup Limitations I see N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) listed as unsupported.  Any workaround available that allows this type of configuration?




Help from Aleksandar:




Hello Michael,


In order to configure clusters on top of Vmware you have to use RDM (Raw Device Mapping) for the shared disks. There are also limitations in this configuration in number of nodes in the cluster. Check this article for good starting point:







Any other help for Mike?