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Designing Hyper-V Solutions by Saurabh Grover

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Virtual fibre channel

Let's move on to the next big offering in Windows Server 2012 and R2 Hyper-V Server. There was pretty much a clamor for direct FC connectivity to virtual machines, as pass-through disks were supported only via iSCSI LUNs (with some major drawbacks not with FC). Also, needless to say, FC is faster. Enterprises with high-performance workloads relying on the FC SAN refrained from virtualizing or migrating to the cloud.

Windows Server 2012 introduced the virtual fibre channel SAN ability in Hyper-V, which extended the HBA (short for host bus adapter) abilities to a virtual machine, granting them a WWN (short for world wide node name) and allowing access to a fibre channel SAN over a virtual SAN. The fundamental principle behind ...

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