Creating and Managing iSCSI Targets

Updated: September 29, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

With Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, an iSCSI target provides storage to an iSCSI initiator by controlling and managing initiator access to the iSCSI Software Target storage services. When you create an iSCSI target, you identify the iSCSI initiator that can log on to the iSCSI target. After creating an iSCSI target, you can change which iSCSI initiators can access the target and configure other properties, such as enabling authentication. You can also manage iSCSI targets by using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target VDS Hardware Provider and a management application, such as Storage Manager for SANs, that uses this provider.

Disk storage for an iSCSI target is provided by creating or importing virtual disks. You then assign one or more virtual disks to each iSCSI target. After you assign a virtual disk to a target, the iSCSI initiator can access all the virtual disks that are associated with the iSCSI target when the initiator logs on to the target. If the initiator is not logged on to the iSCSI target, it cannot access any virtual disks.

For more information about iSCSI virtual disks, see Creating and Managing Virtual Disks for iSCSI Targets.

If you are implementing failover clustering with Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, you can create and manage iSCSI resource groups by using Failover Cluster Management. You can create and manage virtual disks and targets by using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. For more information about implementing failover clustering, see Configuring iSCSI Storage for High Availability.

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