With Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, you can provide effective and efficient backup and recovery for virtual disks on the iSCSI target, without stopping applications or closing files. You can then transport data to a central server for LAN-free and server-free backup. This eliminates the backup window needed for traditional backup solutions and allows application servers to continue running without disruption to clients. The primary functionality provided in iSCSI Software Target to support data backup and recovery includes the following:

Using backup software requires appropriate coordination of actions between the backup software and the iSCSI Software Target components. For example, setting up appropriate schedules and configurations for creating and mounting snapshots, and including the locally mounted snapshots in routine backups.

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