Installing and Configuring target iSCSI server on Windows Server 2012 “Server 8 Beta”

iSCSI Software Target is now part of windows Server 8 Beta Roles and features, In this post i will walkthrough installing and configuring iSCSI software target.

Important Notes:

– iSCSI Target server now is integrated with Windows Failover clustering to provide HA for iSCSI target server, however in this post we will be  configuring a stand-alone iSCSI target server.

– Windows PowerShell can be used to install and configure iSCSI target server.

Environment details:

– Single iSCSI server IP address: 192.168.0.217

– File server “ServerA” IP address: 192.168.0.215

– File server “ServerB” IP address: 192.168.0.216

1. To install Windows server 8 iSCSI target open Server Manager and click Add Roles and Features then walkthrough the installation as per the below screenshots

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2. After installation is complete successfully we will now configure the iSCSI target server as per the following

– We will have single VHD of 5 VHDs

– Access is allowed to two file server nodes

            o 192.168.0.215

            o 192.168.0.216

– Storage target name is File Server

To complete iSCSI target server the configuration go to Server Manager , click File and Storage Services then follow the screenshots below;

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Go to iSCSI Virtual disks and click “Launch the New Virtual Disk wizard to create a virtual disk” and walk through the Virtual Disks and targets creation

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3. To connect File Server nodes to iSCSI target open Server Manager click Tools and select iSCSI Initiator then proceed with the configuration as per the below screenshots

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Now we open disk management to make sure that the disk is presented correctly

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Repeat step 3 for the second file server node.

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