Creating a VM for Virtual Fibre Channel in VMM
Updated: May 13, 2016
Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
The following is the high-level process for creating a virtual machine that can access Fibre Channel storage resources.
Virtual Host Bus Adapters (vHBAs), which represent the virtualization of Fibre Channel HBAs, are used by VMs to connect with vSANs. In order for vHBAs to connect to vSANs, they first must be added to the hardware profile of a VM template.
To create a VM for virtual Fibre Channel
Using the Create Virtual Machine Wizard, create a new VM, and then add a new Fibre Channel adapter (vHBA) to the Configure Hardware page of the VM template. For each vHBA that you create, specify dynamic or static WWPN assignments and select the fabric classification. For information, see How to Create and Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template.
Still using the Create Virtual Machine Wizard, place and deploy the VM to a destination host. Make sure the host contains a virtual SAN that matches the storage fabric. For more information, see How to Create and Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template.
Once the VM is deployed to a host, a Fibre Channel storage array can be zoned to the VM. For more information, see Managing Virtual Fibre Channel Zones in VMM. Lastly, a LUN is created for the array and registered (unmasked) to the VM. For more information, see Managing Storage LUNs for Virtual Fibre Channel in VMM.