Recently, I had to connect a NetApp device with our HP blades in c7000 chassis, using a straight connection (meaning no switch in between). It took some significant time to make this thing work, because the connection between a NetApp storage device and HP Virtual Connect is supposed to be configured using a switch, not a straight and direct connection.
There are two Virutal Connect modules in the HP c7000 chassis and two dual-head 10Gb NICs in each NetApp controller. Each Virtual Connect module is using ports x7 and x8. This is how the ports are connected.
- Port x7 on the first VC1 (Virtual Connect) module is connected to the NIC e3b on the first controller with a blue FC cable
- Port x8 on the first VC1 module is connected to the NIC e3b on the second controller with a yellow FC cable
- Port x7 on the second VC2 module is connected to the NIC e3a on the first controller with a green FC cable
- Port x8 on the second VC2 module is connected to the NIC e3a on the second controller with a gray FC cable
NOTE: When looking the NetApp controllers, NIC e3b is on left and NIC e3a is on the right side, as shown on the image above.
This is how the NICs are configured on the first controller. In case something goes wrong, these lines must be in /etc/rc on each controller. Otherwise, when the controllers are rebooted, these configuration changes will be lost.
ifconfig e3a down ifconfig e3b down ifgrp create single Trunk10 e3a e3b vlan create Trunk10 10 ifconfig Trunk10-10 192.168.10.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 partner 192.168.11.1 ifgrp favor e3b ifconfig Trunk10-10 up
This is how the NICs are configured on the second controller.
ifconfig e3a down ifconfig e3b down ifgrp create single Trunk11 e3a e3b vlan create Trunk11 11 ifconfig Trunk11-11 192.168.11.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 partner 192.168.10.1 ifgrp favor e3a ifconfig Trunk11-11 up
If you need to rebuild the configuration, first delete the vlan, and then destroy the group.
ifconfig Trunk10-10 down vlan delete Trunk10 10 ifgrp destroy Trunk10
To see the config, execute ifconfig –a.
Virtual Connect configuration
The Virtual Connect module can be managed from http://<IP_of_the_Virtual_Connect>
There are two Shared External Uplink Sets defined.
If these sets need to be recreated, follow the screenshots below. This means that ports x7 from both VC1 (Bay 1) and VC2 (Bay 2) are defined as one external network card. The same applies for ports x8.
The first network is associated with the first Shared Uplink Set and External VLAN ID 10, the second network is associated with the second Shared Uplink Set and External VLAN ID 11.
NOTE: It is important to match the VLAN IDs (10 and 11) on the NetApp controller and the networks defined in Virtual Connect.
Finally, when creating a profile for a server (ESXi or Windows), the following NICs should be assigned.
This means, that the first/second NIC are on VLAN21 from a different Shared Uplink Set. NIC from 3 to 6 are the ones used for iSCSI, and the last two NICs are used for the old iSCSI configuration and VLAN22 servers. Make sure that NICs 1 and 2 and 7 and 8 are set as CUSTOM port speed of 1Gb. That way, we’ll increase the iSCSI (NICs 3-6) to 4Gb.
MS Windows configuration
Depending on the subnet that MS Windows is going to use for a public IP, use NIC1 and NIC2 if the server is going to be on the 188.8.131.52/24 subnet and NIC7 and NIC8 if the server is going to be on the 184.108.40.206/24 subnet. These NIC pairs should be teamed using the provided HP Network Team Configuration utility. Your IP subnets may vary.
When dealing with MS Windows, it is unclear what NIC under Network Connections corresponds to the NICs under Virtual Connect (see previous screenshot).
- 1A and 2A (LAC 7 and LAC 8 ) for a public NIC on 220.127.116.11/24 network or whatever your public IP for servers is.
- 1B and 2B (LAC and LAC 2) for iSCSI NIC team on the first NetApp controller
- 1C and 2C (LAC 3 and LAC 4) for iSCSI NIC team on the second NetApp controller
- 1D and 2D (LAC 5 and LAC 6) for another IP subnet that you might use
When building an ESXi host, follow the screenshots below. vmnic0 and vmnic1 should be used for the Management Network and VM NET 21 network (servers with IP range 18.104.22.168/24) or whatever your IP subnet for servers is.
The iSCIS NICs are vmnic2, vmnic3 for the first controller and vmnic4, vmnic5 for the second controller. They MUST be in active/standby mode, otherwise the connection won’t work.
In addition, the Network Failoved Detection MUST be set to Beacon probing for both vSwitch1 and vSwitch2, otherwise the failover won’t work.
The easiest way to validate the failover is to simulate a Virtual Connect crash. For that reason, we’ll ping constantly the first and the second controller’s IP for iSCSI (192.168.10.1 and 192.168.11.) and unplug both cables from VC2 module.