With props to uber volunteers Dustin and Tom (and his son), Ed and I reconfig'd a good portion of the server rack to make a home for the 2 Cisco switches and EqualLogic PS100E chassis Thursday night.
It took way longer to move, rack/rerack stuff, config the switches than actually setting up the PS100E. We also had to install Gigabit network cards in 3 of the servers (2 per server) since our older Dell PowerEdge server NICs did not support jumbo frames...which iSCSI utilizes.
Here are a couple un-high quality photos from my Treo700w ...
Rear of PS100E and shot of Cisco switches. These switches are only for communication between the PS100E and dedicated SAN NICs on each server (2 per server for fault tolerance and load balancing). We're using Microsoft's free iSCSI initiator to link the servers to the SAN.
Pretty much we've eliminated all possible single points of failure. We even have each SAN switch and PS100E power supply plugged into difference UPS units.
The rack is a mess with cables everywhere now, but we'll worry about making it pretty once everything is cranking along as planned. By the time we had everything communicating it was 2am...so we decided to call it quits and head home.
More to follow...