Hardware HBA Storage

Hardware HBA SRs connect to Fibre Channel (FC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or shared Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) LUNs via an HBA. You need to carry out the configuration required to expose the LUN before running the New Storage Repository wizard: the wizard will automatically probe for available LUNs and display a list of all the LUNs found.

Dynamic multipathing support is available for Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage repositories. To enable storage multipathing, open the Multipathing tab on the server’s Properties dialog; see Storage Multipathing.

To create a hardware HBA SR

  1. Open the New Storage Repository wizard: click New Storage on the toolbar. Alternatively:
    • On the Storage tab for the selected pool or server, click New SR.
    • On the Storage menu, click New SR.
    • In the Resources pane, select a server or pool then right-click and click New SR on the shortcut menu.
  2. Select Hardware HBA as the physical storage type and then click Next.
  3. On the Name page, enter the name of the new SR. By default, a description of the SR will be generated automatically by the wizard, including a summary of the configuration options you select as you progress through the wizard. To enter your own description, clear the Auto-generate description check box and type in the Description box. Click Next to continue to the Location page.
  4. The wizard scans for available LUNs and then displays a page listing all the LUNs found. Select a LUN from the list and click Create.


    A warning message will be displayed if there are existing SRs on the LUN you have selected. Review the details and click Reattach to use the existing SR, or click Format to delete the existing SR and to create a new SR. If you prefer to select a different LUN, click Cancel and select a LUN from the list.

  5. The Summary page displays information about the new SR. Read the information and then click Finish to complete the SR creation process.
Hardware HBA Storage