By marking a target as a favorite target, Microsoft iSCSI Initiator configures software and hardware initiators to always attempt to reconnect to a target whenever the computer is rebooted. The login information that is needed to connect to the favorite targets (for example, Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) secrets, portal information, etc.) is captured when you log in, and is saved by the software and hardware initiators in non-volatile storage. Hardware initiators can initiate a reconnection early in the boot process while the Microsoft Software Initiator kernel mode driver initiates a reconnection as soon as the Windows TCP/IP stack and the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator service loads.

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