I have Hyper-v installed on Windows Server 2012 R2.
We are using 2 x Dell R730xd's with 8 NICS (4x10GigE 4x1GigE) per host. I would like to dedicate 2 NICS to our ISCSI network, however I am unsure as to how i should do this.
Initially i had planned to create a NIC team on each HOST for two of the 10GigE's and connect that to a vSwitch labeled 'Storage' however, I have read several articles that say not to/do this (link). My primary goal is to ensure redundancy and throughput.
I am very confused by these three statements:
· The Technet statement that basically quotes “iSCSI + NIC Teaming not supported” is still true for all teaming solutions, with the EXCEPTION of the Windows Server 2012 inbox NIC Teaming solution we provide.
· If iSCSI Initiator is used with dedicated NICs such as in a stand-alone and/or Failover Clustering environment, then NIC Teaming should not be used (because it adds no benefit over MPIO for dedicated NICs).
· If iSCSI Initiator is used in a shared NIC scenario (see figure below) such as in a Hyper-V 2012 environment, then iSCSI Initiator used over the Hyper-V switch (and over NIC Teaming) is supported.
Should i use two separate NICS connected to two different vSwitches or, can i go ahead and configure a NIC team on the host as initially planned. Is there a another/better way for me to setup the iSCSI network?