Managing Advanced iSCSI Initiator Access

Updated: September 29, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

An iSCSI initiator, , accesses storage on any iSCSI target to which it is assigned. Each iSCSI initiator can be assigned zero or more iSCSI targets. After an iSCSI initiator is assigned to an iSCSI target, it can log on to the iSCSI target. Any virtual disks that are assigned to that iSCSI target are then accessible by the iSCSI initiator. For additional information about how iSCSI targets provide and limit iSCSI initiator access to virtual disks, see Creating and Managing iSCSI Targets.

You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator or another iSCSI initiator to provide the functionality required to access iSCSI targets. Managing iSCSI initiator access also requires understanding and setting up items such as security, error detection, network connections, and Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) server access.

If you set up failover clustering, iSCSI initiators access the iSCSI target by using the IP address resource or network name resource of the highly available instance you configured. For more information about the resource group, see Configuring iSCSI Storage for High Availability.

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