Hi, good evening... I am using ESXI 6.7 CU3 on two whiteboxes,.
Recently I had some trouble with Infiniband adapters, found that someone sold me a switch without management, I also bought cards not recognised by VMware because IBM has put in a foreign device ID etc etc. Until VMware compatible Infiniband hardware has arrived I tried something else.
In the past I got a Netapp device for free and got myself a crosslink optical cable. But the Netapp did not have a license, so I gave it away, but kept the FC cards and the cables.
So I put the two Qlogic 4 GBit FC cards into my two whiteboxes, VMware finds them and shows them as HBA to me.
But my question now... how can I use them as Ethernet adapters? The use case is very rare,exotic and the internet knows nothing about it except one guy who said that the 32-128 Gbit FC devices and the switches from Brocade / Cisco will do EoFC. Just switch on and go for it... i
My question: is there any possiblity or even hack to have Ethernet over FC in VMware?
I did some research, and the one and only 4 GB FC adapter that ever had TCP-IP as supported protocol is the QLE2460 / 2462
The Qlogic 8 and 16 Gbit models don't have this protocol any more and the two adapters I already have are called ISP2432-based, maybe QLE2432 in ESX, and when doing passthrough to a Windows guest with such an adapter it shows up as QLogic storage adapter.
but this is just over a lot of side ways... or someone writes a full IP stack for this driver in c++ for Redhat and mod it in a way that it will become a network card driver.
The FC driver seems to be open source, maybe a project fo r the future, who knows? One guy said that you can do a lot like building your own driver and add it to ESX but can't remember where I found that.