Friday, 19 October 2012

Connect to the iSCSI array



Now that you have the initiator software installed, you need to tell it where to look for mountable volumes. Start the initiator configuration by going to the Control Panel and choosing the iSCSI Initiator option. From the initiator, choose the Discovery tab, shown in Figure B.

Figure B

The iSCSI initiator’s Discovery tab.

On the Discovery tab, click the Add button under the Target Portals box. This will open the Add Target Portal dialog box, shown in Figure C.

Figure C

The Add Target Portal dialog box.

In the Add Target Portal dialog box, provide the name or IP address of your iSCSI array. The default communication port for iSCSI traffic is 3260. Unless you have changed your port, leave this as is. If you have configured CHAP security or are using IPSec for communication between your client and the array, click on the Advanced button and make necessary configuration changes. The Advanced Settings dialog box is shown in Figure D.

Figure D

Advanced options for connecting to your iSCSI array.

Back on the Add Target Portal, click the OK button to make the initial connection to the iSCSI array. Note that, at this point, you’re not connecting to an actual volume, but only to the array in general. (Figure E)

Figure E


The target portal has been added to the initiator.

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