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How to Connect to a DSS V6 iSCSI Target volume from a Microsoft Windows

To connect to an iSCSI Target Volume over a LAN from a Microsoft Windows system, perform the following steps:

NOTE:

You must be using DSS V6 up13 or newer.

top ↑1. Hardware configuration

Hardware Requirements:

To configure an iSCSI Target Volume in MS Windows, a iSCSi Initiator in the MS system is required and one Open-E Data Storage Software V6 server with an iSCSI target. In this example the DSS V6 system and Windows 2003 with iSCSI Initiator v. 2.08 will be used.

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top ↑2. Configure the DSS V6

Data Storage Software Data Storage Software (DSS)
IP Address: 192.168.0.220
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Under the "CONFIGURATION" tab, select mark_a"volume manager" and next Vol. Groups.

Volume Groups (vg00)

In Unit manager add the selected physical units (mark_bUnit MD0 or other) to create a new volume group (in this case, mark_cvg00) and click apply button.

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Select the appropriate volume group (mark_avg00) from the list on the left. In mark_bAction select a new iSCSI volume of the required size. This logical volume will be the iSCSI Target .

Select the appropriate volume Next, select the required size of iSCSI volume. In this eg. mark_cAdding 200 GB for the iSCSI volume.

After assigning an appropriate amount of space for the iSCSI volume, click the mark_dapply button.

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mark_a- The destination iSCSI Volume Block I/O is now configured.

iSCSI volumeiSCSI volume (lv0000)

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Choose "CONFIGURATION", "iSCSI target manager" and mark_a"Targets" from the menu.

mark_a- In the Create new target, click the apply to confirm

iSCSI targetsiSCSI targets

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Select mark_atarget0 within the Targets field.

iSCSI targetsiSCSI targets

To assign a volume to the target, click the addbutton located under Action. mark_b

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mark_a- The destination iSCSI target is now configured.

Now the configuration of DSS V6 is finished.

iSCSI targetsiSCSI targets (target0)

top ↑3. Configure iSCSI Target Properties

windows MS Windows
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mark_a- In the MS Windows Environments run "iSCSI Initiator Properties". After running the program click on the mark_b"Discovery" tab.

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Next, click on mark_a"Add" button. In "Add Target Portal" windows then enter the mark_bIP address of the DSS V6 server and click on the "OK" button.

NOTE:

The port number of 3260 will already be there as this is the default iSCSI port number.
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Go to the mark_a"Targets" tab and click mark_b"Refresh". You should see the name of your iSCSI Target in the list. Select your target server and click mark_c"Log On".

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In "Log On to Target" windows please check to mark_a"Automatically restore this connection when the system boots" and click "OK".

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You should now see that you are mark_a"Connected". Click "OK" and close out the mark_biSCSI Initiator Properties.

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top ↑4. Initialize the disk from iSCSI target

windows MS Windows

Now click on "Administrative Tools", open "Computer Management", and click on mark_a"Storage" ->mark_b"Disk Management". You will have to initialize the disk if it hasn't been used before.

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After connecting to Logical Disk Manager in mark_a"Disk Management" there will appear mark_b"Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard". In this example, before you connect to the basic disk, please click "Cancel" button.

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Right click on the disk 5 and click on mark_a"New Partition".

NOTE:

In this example Windows OS has assigned the Disk number 5. Please note, in other system this number can differ!
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In "New partition Wizard" click mark_a"Next" button.

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Please select mark_a"Primary partition" and click the "Next" button.

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In order to use the maximum disk space on the disk click the mark_a"Next" button.

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mark_a- Next assign the drive letter (in this example as R), and click the "Next" button.

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In the MS Windows New Partition Wizard select the mark_aformat of choice, in this example we will use the NTFS File system then check the mark_bPerform a quick format and click "Next" to complete the format.

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mark_a- When you are done, your disk manager should look like this:

top ↑5. Accessing to the disk

windows MS Windows
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mark_a- You can now access your shared iSCSI disk in "My Computer" as a drive letter R.

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