Now that Starwind has stopped offering a free, limited version of their iSCSI target software you might be looking for an alternative for your labs. Microsoft has recently made their iSCSI target software available as part of the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 download on Tech-Net and MSDN. It is not for use in production and has some of its own licensing restrictions, but it works fine and it is free for Tech-Net and MSDN subscribers.
I recorded some really quick and dirty videos that aim to show you how to configure the iSCSI target and iSCSI initiator software in under 7 minutes. At the end, you will have a shared disk array ready to start your shared storage cluster. Hopefully when I get some more time I’ll actually write these steps out, but in a pinch this will give you the general idea of what needs to be done. There are plenty of other features, but for a lab environment this will do the trick.
http://screencast.com/t/2qUUDvZo6Zka – configuring the iSCSI target software and iSCSI initiator on the client
http://screencast.com/t/7m9ElSIdAbP – configuring the iSCSI initiator….continued
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Great news – Microsoft is now offering the iSCSI 3.3 target software as a free public download and they will support it on a production server! Go get it now!
[…] in Uncategorized by daveberm on April 4, 2011 Just a few weeks ago I wrote an article about how to configure the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 in a cluster environment. While it is great for labs and testing, up until today it was not […]
gr8. I must thanks for the writer of this site who made the above VDO,s and also Microsoft.
Thank you so much for this! This helped me at work!!