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!