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Hyper-V virtual Fibre Channel – Virtual machine direct storage array connectivity with HBA

June 15, 2015 Leave a comment

With windows 2012 and earlier OS , it can use virtual Fibre adapter feature to provide direct storage array connectivity from virtual machine

  • Optimal Storage performance and full protocol access
  • Supports guest clustering
  • Must use NPIV enabled HBA adapters and FC switches
  • Create Fibre channel SAN within hyper –v Virtual SAN manager
  • Use same virtual SAN configuration and naming convention on Hyper-V failover cluster environment

The below session describes how to configure a Hyper-V hosts to provision virtual machine with  virtual Fibre Channel adapter.

Platform : A servers with Hyper-V on Windows 2012 R2. Two Dual Port HBA Adapter is installed on this host.

Step 1 : Open Hyper-V manager – Virtual SAN manager- Create Virtual HBA ( VHBA1)  for first physical adapter as shown below:


Note: There are two Physical HBA is installed on host .So created Virtual HBA for first physical adapter. You can configure both HBA for redundancy

After Victual HBA is created , configure Virtual HBA controllers to the Virtual Server

From the virtual server settings – Add Hardware –Select Fibre channel Adapter

Assign the virtual Fibre adapter to the virtual server


Then next step is do the zoning on Fibre switch and register the host on storage array.

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