Importing a Virtual Disk

Updated: September 29, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

You can use the Import Virtual Disk Wizard to import existing virtual disks that were created previously on the same server or another server. This includes virtual disks created in Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and virtual disks created with Hyper-V™, Virtual Server, or Virtual PC, in fixed disk format. When importing a virtual disk, you can import a single virtual disk file or multiple files.

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Make certain that the file being imported is not in use by another iSCSI target or application. The Import Virtual Disk Wizard cannot successfully import a virtual disk if the file is in use.

After importing a virtual disk, you can use the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target console to assign the virtual disk to an iSCSI target. You can also increase the capacity of the virtual disk by using the Extend Virtual Disk Wizard. For more information about assigning virtual disks, see Assigning a Virtual Disk to an iSCSI Target. For more information about adding space to a virtual disk, see Extending a Virtual Disk for an iSCSI Target.

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As an alternative to importing a virtual disk, you can use the Create Virtual Disk Wizard to create a new virtual disk. For more information, see Creating a Virtual Disk for an iSCSI Target.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To import an iSCSI virtual disk

  1. In the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, in the console tree, click Devices, then right-click Devices, and then click Import Virtual Disk.

  2. Follow the steps in the Import Virtual Disk Wizard, specifying one or more existing virtual disks to be imported.

Additional considerations

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

  • To open iSCSI Software Target, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. (Another way to open iSCSI Software Target is to click Start, click Run, and then type iscsitarget.msc.)

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