Apr 222011
 

Well,

I finally got some time to tinker with the Microsoft iSCSI Target Software that as of recently is now free. I was surprised how easy it was to get this up and running.

First time, it literally took 30 seconds for the install, and with absolutely no experience I created, configured, and setup a 80GB target and mounted it to a Windows 7 initiator. Took me approx an additional 15 seconds to learn how to snapshot volumes, etc…

The interface for configuration is very light, clear, and non-confusing. I was almost surprised there wasn’t more, but at the same time in all reality there’s nothing else to put on there.

Next plan: Get this running on a physical box and test VMware ESXi hosts connecting to it in a clustered environment. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Apr 152011
 

I thought I’d pass this on to all you iSCSI enthusiasts out there!

This morning I received an e-mail forwarded on by someone.

Apparently the Microsoft iSCSI Target Software is now free and runs on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Article:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2011/04/05/the-microsoft-iscsi-software-target-is-now-free.aspx

I plan on getting this installed, setup, and configured sometime in the next couple weeks to test with my VMware vSphere environment. I’ll post my results :) Happy SANing!