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vmware vsphere network storage with Windows 8


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lets say I have two physical machines.  One is running vsphere the other Windows 8, but all my good storage is on the Windows 8 machine.  How can I expose that storage over the network to the vmware server to be used as a datastore?  NFS? iSCSI?

 

Each box has 2 gigabit Ethernet ports.  No Fiber Channel around here.

 

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Haven't played with iSCSI or NFS on Windows in some time (so spoiled by SSD), but it wasn't too tricky with Windows Server variants.  Your question is more challenging, since I wouldn't trust methods I found in various google searches I've tried, not without trying them myself.  But here's a promising tip that might help:

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/625b7abd-2803-4370-a426-b067ab646bb0/windows-8-as-an-iscsi-target?forum=w8itprogeneral

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ok, thanks I will look into that.  Am I correct in assuming that Windows Server 2012 R2 has iSCSI built in and that if it replaced the Windows 8 machine, it could serve as the storage for vSphere?

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Yes, Windows Server has a built in iSCSI Target server. So if you replace the Windows 8 machine, you wouldn't need any additional software.

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Yes, Windows Server has a built in iSCSI Target server. So if you replace the Windows 8 machine, you wouldn't need any additional software.

That's convenient because this machine happens to dual boot Win8.1/Server 2012 R2.  :)

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i would use NFS instead of iscsi for vmware, with nfs you will be able to see the share within windows for backup, cloning, etc. Currently i am running an i7 esxi host that connects to nfs to my microserver and via iscsi on my qnap

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