Subnet manager available for ESXi :-).

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  1. RimBlock

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    Hi all,

    For those who may not have come across it, there is now a working subnet manager available for ESXi.

    A group of people have compiled OpenSM to work with ESXi 5.1 and I now have it up and running. Looking good so far.

    Details are available here. The site is French but google translate works very well.

    An update to what is listed on that site...

    Only the Mellanox ESXi 5.1 package is needed and the OpenSM vib from the site above.

    Install both and reboot. A reboot is required even if just installing OpenSM I have found.

    A big thanks goes out to one of my customers who originally found the link.

    RB
     
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    That's fantastic!
     
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    Asking a dumb question here: the above runs on the Hypervisor level correct? So you get subnet manager once you install ESXi + SM package?
     
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    Hi, i'm the one who compile the package so i can tell you that you don't need reboot.
    It's a vib for ESXi so obviously, you need it to run the sm.
    Let me know if you got any problem with it, i'd be happy to help ;)
     
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    Merci Nitro - the ESXi/NexentaStor/Infiniband/OpenSM configuration was very interesting. I wasn't aware that anyone had succeeded in doing this. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  6. RimBlock

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    Thanks for the time and effort taken with this. I no longer need to run a Linux machine just to supply the subnet manager. Fantastic work.

    Whilst the vib installed fine and the subnet manager reported it was running fine, my Solaris SRP targets failed to mount until after a reboot.

    Yep the SM runs at an ESXi level allowing using Infiniband for SAN / NAS storage to the ESXi server which can then be used to store VMs, VM disks (VMDK) or as RDP mappings. With a decent storage server and Infiniband you can potentially mount more disks and if they are SAS or SSD then you could possibly get much faster speeds than local disks due to slots available on the ESXi server chassis.

    RB
     
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    Glad you like it guys ;)
     
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  8. RimBlock

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    I hear that this subnet manager does not work on ESXi 5.5. Is that the case and if so will you be working on a recompile for 5.5 ?

    Thanks
    RB
     
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    Gotta +1. I'd hope it isn't too hard to port the work to ESXi 5.5.
     
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    Pretty sure this has been done now this week with version 3.3.16-64 and you can simply update the existing driver without entering maintenance mode.
     
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