Connecting the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.2 supports connections from many standard iSCSI initiators. Microsoft’s iSCSI Initiator is installed by default in the following Windows operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Vista

You can download the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator at the Microsoft Download Center, and install it on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003

  • Windows XP

  • Windows Server 2000

To connect a Windows Server 2008 iSCSI initiator
  1. Open the iSCSI Initiator Properties. Click Start, Click Control Panel, and then double click iSCSI Initiator. Click Continue when prompted for User Account Control authorization. Click Yes to start the iSCSI Service. Click Yes to automatically open the Windows Firewall ports for the iSCSI Service.

  2. On the Discovery tab under Target portals, click Add Portal. Enter either the DNS name or IP address of the iSCSI target.

  3. Click the Targets tab.

  4. Select the target to connect to, and then click Log on. If the desired target does not appear in the list, click Refresh.

  5. Select Automatically restore this connection when the computer starts. Click OK.

    Note
    If your storage appliance support Multi-Path Input/Output (MPIO) select Enable multi-path. Only use this option if MPIO software is installed on your storage appliance.
  6. Click OK to save the settings.

Additional considerations

  • You must be a member of the local Administrators group to perform these tasks.