Targets are created in order to manage the connections between the iSCSI storage subsystems in your storage area network (SAN) and the servers that need to access them. You assign logical unit numbers (LUNs) to a target, and all servers that log on to that target will have access to the LUNs assigned to it.


This feature enables you to perform a select subset of the tasks that relate to iSCSI configuration and administration. You can also perform these and other tasks using the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator, which is included in Windows Server 2008 in Administrative Tools. Additionally, vendors of networking and storage solutions provide similar tools to perform iSCSI configuration and administration tasks. For more information about iSCSI, see


In most cases, you can create and manage targets yourself. However, some iSCSI storage subsystems only support simple target configurations, where targets are automatically created when you create a LUN. With simple target configurations, you also cannot delete a target or manually assign LUNs to it. LUNs are automatically assigned when they are created. For this type of subsystem, you just need to identify the server or cluster that will access the LUN, and the iSCSI subsystem will enable access from that server or cluster to the LUN.

After iSCSI targets have been created, you must configure the iSCSI security settings for each of them. For more information about iSCSI security, see Manage iSCSI Security.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To create an iSCSI target
  1. In the console tree, click LUN Management.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Manage iSCSI targets.

  3. In the Manage iSCSI Targets dialog box, in Select a subsystem to manage, select the subsystem you want to create the target for, and then click Add.

  4. In the Add Target dialog box, in Target Friendly Name, type a descriptive name for the target that will help you to distinguish it from other targets.

  5. In Select portals to enable for this target, select the check box next to each IP address that the target should use, and then click OK.

    The Manage iSCSI Targets dialog box shows the new target, with the portals that you enabled listed at the bottom.

  6. When you are finished creating the target, click Close.