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Old 03-20-2015, 05:39 AM   #1
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Question HBA FIbre Channel

I have a couple of HBA Fibre Channel cards, I have installed one card in two machines and connected them with a optic cable.


I do not have any HBA storage hardware, I am still quite unfamilair on this territory.

My question is, is it possible to run some service on a debian machine to make it act like a HBA storage device.

I have been scouting google and it explains greatly what HBA is how it works but nothing regarding to say turning a linux distro into a HBA device, so ou tof despair I turn to the linux guru's.

Is it even possible what I would like to do?
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I'm thinking what this guy writes might be helpful:

Difference would be he uses a SAN switch between the systems. You might be able to do it by configuring the HBAs in a loop vs fabric configuration to direct connect.

I haven't tried any of this myself. We have a full SAN with separate disk arrays and fibre switches that we attach to our Linux servers over Qlogic fibre HBAs.
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I actually had found that article already, it is exactly what I am trying to do, and it did not help me

My brand is not QLogic but Emulex, I am as far as having 1 card in the linux machine which I want to be the SAN and one in a windows machine that needs to access it.

The drivers on both machines have been installed correctly, the management software reports the link is operational with a Private loop at 4 Gb/s.

The part I am stuck on is how to configure the linux system to act as the SAN.
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Well I found the solution after a long search about HBA SAN multipath.

Under lunix you can use the package iscsitarget to accomplish this.

Hope it helps someone.


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