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Supported configurations for PowerPath/VE with VMware vSphere 4.x (1010769)

Purpose

This article describes supported configurations for EMC PowerPath/VE 5.4 in vSphere 4x.

The PowerPath/VE 5.4 can be used to manage paths from vSphere server to storage devices over a SAN.

Resolution

These scenarios represent the use case scenarios for the PowerPath/VE PSA plugin in vSphere environment:

  • Simple Configuration

    PowerPath/VE is installed on an ESX/ESXi 4.x host attached to Storage Array(s) and is managing all LUNs attached to the ESX host including the Boot from SAN LUN.

  • Co-existence Configuration

    PowerPath/VE is installed on an ESX/ESXi 4.x host attached to Storage Array(s) and is managing some LUNs. Other LUNs are managed by vSphere 4 Native Multipathing Plugin (NMP).

  • Co-existence for Boot-from-SAN Configuration

    PowerPath/VE is installed on an ESX/ESXi 4.x host attached to Storage Array(s) where the Boot LUN is managed by NMP. All other LUNs are managed by PowerPath/VE.

  • Shared Configuration with ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts

    Storage devices are shared and simultaneously managed by vSphere 4.x hosts running PowerPath/VE and vSphere 4.x or ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts running NMP.

    Note: This configuration is only supported as a transition configuration while upgrading your vSphere/ESX environment to vSphere 4.x running PowerPath/VE.

  • Non-disruptive Install of PowerPath/VE on vSphere using Shared Storage and vMotion

Additional Information

For PowerPath/VE 5.4 and supported ESX/ESXi versions, see Install PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere by using vCenter Update Manager and UMDS (1019844).

For more detailed information, see the EMC whitepaper EMC PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere Best Practices Planning.

Note: The preceding link was correct as of December 30, 2011. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

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