Configuring iSCSI Target in Windows server 2016

In one of my previous post we discussed on the steps to configure Windows Server 2016 as an iSCSI Server. To access LUN created on iSCSI Storage system it is required to configure iSCSI targets on the servers where the iSCSI LUN should be accessible. iSCSI targets are created to manage connections between iSCSI storage and the servers that need to access them. Once you assign LUN to a target,  all servers that log on to that target will have access to the LUNs assigned to it.

In this post I will be covering the step to configure iSCSI Target in Window Server 2016.

Logon to the server and open Server Manager. Click on Tools -> iSCSI targets. You will see the below prompt as Microsoft iSCSI service won’t be running by default on the Windows Server 2016. Click Yes to start the Microsoft iSCSI Service on the server.

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Click on Discover Portal under Discovery Tab13

Provide the IP Address of the iSCSI Servers. Don’t change the default port 3260 used for iSCSI communication. Click on Advanced.

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Choose the Local adapter as Microsoft iSCSI Initiator and the Initiator IP Address from the drop down list. Click OK to proceed further.15

Click on Targets tab. 16

Select the appropriate discovered target from the list and click on connect.

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Click on Advanced24

Choose Local Adapter, Initiator IP & Target Portal IP and click OK.25

Post successful connection you will find status as connected.26

Post successful connection between iSCSI SAN Storage and iSCSI initiator you will find the disk as RAW disk under disk management. Now you can mount & format the disk to make it usable.

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 In this post, we covered the steps to configure iSCSI initiator in Windows Server 2016. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!. Be social and share it in social media, if you feel worth sharing it

Configuring Windows Server 2016 as iSCSI Server

In this post I’m going to show the steps to install and configure iSCSI Server in Windows Server 2016. iSCSI ( Internet Small Computer System Interface) allows to send SCSI command over LAN or WAN. iSCSI devices are disks, tapes, CDs, and other storage devices on another networked computer that you can connect to. While accessing storage devices using iSCSI, the client will be referred as iSCSI initiator and the storage device will be referred as iSCSI target.

  Step – 1  : Configuring Windows Server 2016 as iSCSI Server

The first thing required to configure Windows Server 2016 as a iSCSI Server is to install iSCSI Target Server role on Windows Server 2016.  Open the Add Roles and Feature Wizard and choose iSCSI Target Server from the list of Roles under File and Storage Services. Click Install to proceed further.

1Do not choose any option from the feature list. Click on Next on another slides to finish the iSCSI Target Server Role installation.2

Post sucessful installation of iSCSI Target server role. Open Server Manager and Click on File and Storage Services.

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Click on iSCSI. To share storage, the first thing is to create an iSCSI LUN. iSCSI virtual disk is backed by a VHD. Click on “To create an iSCSI virtual disk, start the New iSCSI Virtual Disk Wizard” 5

Select the Server and the volume. Click on Next.6

Specify the iSCSI virtual disk name and click Next.

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Provide the size of the virtual disk. Choose the option from Fixed Size, Dynamically expanding or Differencing depending on your organization requirements. 8Choose New iSCSI Target.9Choose the Target Name10Next step we need to do is to choose the Access Server who will be accessing iSCSI Server. Click on Add.11

Before adding iSCSI connecting initiator to the list configure iSCSI initiators to connect to this iSCSI Server.

Click on Add iSCSI initiator. You can see all the configured iSCSI imitators connecting to this iSCSI Server. Click OK to proceed further.

17Click on Add to add more iSCSI initiator’s to the list of Access servers.18As we don’t have CHAP authentication configured. Click on Next to proceed.19Review the setting. Click on Create to finish the setup.20

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In this post, we covered the steps to configure Windows Server 2016 as an iSCSI Server. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for Reading!!. Be social and share it in social media, if you feel worth sharing it