Installing the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Hardware Providers

Published: July 10, 2009

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target version 3.2 is available as an optional package for Windows Storage Server 2008. The VDS and VSS Hardware Providers are supplied with the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.2 package, and are installed on initiator computers that will connect to a storage appliance running the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. You may obtain the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target package from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of your storage appliance.

Install the VSS and VDS Hardware Providers

The VDS and VSS Hardware Providers are installed through the iscsitargetClient.msi file. To install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target files interactively, double click the .msi file. You can use the following commands to perform the installation.

Install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target hardware providers:

msiexec /i iscsitargetClient.msi <options> ALLUSERS=1 [PROPERTY=PropertyValue]

Uninstall the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target hardware providers:

msiexec /x iscsitargetClient.msi <options>

Options

 

Option Description

/quiet

Quiet mode, no user interface is displayed during installation.

/passive

Unattended mode, only a progress bar is displayed.

/q[n|b|r|f]

Sets user interface level:

  • n – No UI

  • b – Basic UI

  • r – Reduced UI

  • f – Full UI (default)

/L*v <logfile>

Logs all actions to the specified log file.

Properties

 

Property Description

ADDLOCAL

Specifies which features to install. Available features include:

  • ALL - Install all features (default)

  • VSSProvFeature - Install the VSS Hardware Provider

  • VDSProvFeature – Install the VDS Hardware Provider

TARGETDIR

Specifies the root destination directory.

SERVICEUSERNAME

The VSS/VDS service account user name.

SERVICEPASSWORD

The VSS/VDS service account password.

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