Hardware HBA Storage

Hardware HBA SRs connect to Fibre Channel (FC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or shared Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) LUNs through an HBA. Do the configuration required to expose the LUN before you run the New Storage Repository wizard. The wizard automatically probes for available LUNs and displays 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. To open the New Storage Repository wizard, you can do any of the following actions:
    • On the toolbar, select New Storage.
    • On the Storage tab for the selected pool or server, select New SR.
    • On the Storage menu, select New SR.
    • In the Resources pane, select a server or pool then right-click and select New SR on the shortcut menu.
  2. Select Hardware HBA as the physical storage type and then select Next.
  3. On the Name page, enter the name of the new SR. By default, the wizard generates a description of the SR. This description includes 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 Provisioning page.
  4. On the Provisioning page, select the provisioning type. The options available are
    • Thin provisioning (GFS2). This type of provisioning is only available on clustered pools. For more information about clustering, see Change pool properties
    • Full provisioning (LVM)

Click Next to continue to the Location page.

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.

Note:

A warning message is displayed if there are existing SRs on the LUN you have selected. Review the details and choose one fo the following options.

  • To use the existing, click Reattach.
  • To delete the existing SR and to create an SR, click Format.
  • If you prefer to select a different LUN, click Cancel and select a LUN from the list.

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