If you want to work / test / learn many of the VMware ESX Server advanced features, like VMotion, VMware High Availability (VMHA), and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), you should have SAN (Storage Area Network).
For my Home Lab I’m using OpenFiler. You can find a very good Step-By-Step tutorial about OpenFiler at well know Petri.co.il web site. Article by David Davis – “Use OpenFiler as your Free VMware ESX SAN Server”
I just want to add one small part to this tutorial. I think it’s not the best idea to use IP address from DHCP on Server, a specially on SAN :). So, I’ve configured my SAN to use static IP. Here is how to do that:
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