I am setting up an iSCSI environment for a Windows Server. I will be using 2 Dell Poweconnect 7024s , 1 Dell PS6000, and a Windows Server (2008 R2). I have more experience in fiber switches and EMC VNX series SANs than I do with the Powerconnect and PS series products, so I have a few questions.
1)The PS6000 has 2 controller cards (the greens) with 4 Ethernet ports each. In this documentation, Section 4.5.1, the image shows all 4 ports of each card connected to the iSCSI network I believe. Additionally it looks like one of the preferred methods to setup these SANs is via the Remote Setup Wizard.
Question: Do people generally not have a dedicated IP/management port to each SP for remote management on these? Is the preferred method to use all 4 ports per controller for iSCSI network traffic, and then just manage the SAN via the Windows Server that will be connected to it? Or should I be able to setup 1 of those ports, possibly the last one of each card, as a separate remote management port?
2)In all diagrams of this setup it seems like I have to have the switches either stacked or LAGed. In the same document, figure 19 in section 4.3.1, shows stack or LAG.
Question: Do I have to have these switches stacked or LAGed for redundancy, or can they remain not connected?