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To get the best performance out of VMware’s iSCSI initiator it’s a good idea to enable jumbo frames on the ESX hosts.  First configure a new vSwitch dedicated to the iSCSI network and if you’re doing this in the GUI delete the default port group that is created.

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Then hop into the command line and type:

  • “esxcfg-vswitch -m 9000 vSwitch1” (where vSwitch1 matches the number of your virtual switch)

Now your virtual switch has jumbo frames enabled but we need to add a port group with jumbo frames enabled so enter the following to create the port group and assign an IP address:

  • esxcfg-vswitch -A iSCSI vSwitch1
  • esxcfg-vmknic -a -i 10.97.1.40 -n 255.255.255.0 -m 9000 iSCSI

Check to make sure 9000 MTU is applied on the switch and port group by running the following:

  • esxcfg-vswitch -l
  • esxcfg-vmknic -l

And lastly test a large packet by running:

  • vmkping 10.97.1.10 -s 9000