Installing OEL on Specialized Storage Device (iSCSI SAN)


When installing Oracle Enterprise Linux via graphical interface, we are given the option to install on “Specialized Storage Devices”. This is an alternative to installing on a local hard drive. Select “Specialized Storage Devices”.   Select the “Other SAN Devices” tab, the click “Add Advanced Target”.   Since here we are using iSCSI, we select iSCSI target. Click “Configure network” and ensure your networking adapter is properly configured. Then click “Add Drive”.   Select the network interface that was previously configured.   Enter the IP address of your SAN server and the initiator name.   You will be presented with … Read More

Deploying FreeNAS as iSCSI SAN for VMware vSphere


Shared storage among vSphere/ESXi hosts is required for many features in VMware’s vSphere. Traditional solutions for shared storage include VMware vSAN, VMware VSA and commercial SAN. VMware vSAN, VMware’s latest offering (currently in beta), requires at least 3 hosts with a SSD/HDD pair dedicated to vSAN. Built into vSphere Kernel, vSAN beta requires at least vSphere 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5 and is targeted toward enterprise level customers looking for an alternative to traditional commercial SAN systems. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) is targeted towards small to medium businesses and is deployed on either two or three vSphere hosts. Each host in the … Read More