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  • 1. Admin KnowledgeBaseArticles & TutorialsAuthorsBlogsFree ToolsHardwareMessage BoardsNewslettersSoftwareWhite PapersSite SearchAdvanced SearchConnecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SANHow to configure Windows 7 to connect it to an iSCSI SAN.Published: Sep 01, 2009Updated: Sep 02, 2009Section: Articles & Tutorials :: Windows 7Author: David DavisPrintable VersionAdjust font size:Rating: 4.7/5 - 45 VotesConnecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...1 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 2. 12345IntroductionLike my prior articles that demonstrate how to connect Widows 2008 Server and Windows Vista to an iSCSISAN, this article will cover similar aspects, with a step by step guide on how to set it up and how it can helpyou.First off, if you are looking for information on how to create your own FREE iSCSI SAN or to connect otheroperating systems to an iSCSI SAN, checkout the following articles:How to install an open source iSCSI SAN server inside Microsoft Hyper-VDownload Open OpenFilerHow to connect Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista to an iSCSI ServerNote:This article assumes that you have already have an iSCSI SAN up and running. Besides that, I assume thatyou (or your SAN Admin) have already created an iSCSI share on that SAN and that the iSCSI volume hasnot yet been formatted with any OS /Operating system.So, you have Windows 7 up and running but what do you do if you want to connect it to either the free SANIiSCSI or OpenFiler from the instructions above. You could even just want to connect it to an existing iSCSISAN and your storage admin has already created out a LUN for you.Now that we have some background, let us configure Windows 7 to connect to an iSCSI SAN…Configuring iSCSI in Windows 7advertisementTo get started, you need to run the iSCSI Initiator that is installed by default in Windows 7. You can access itin a couple of different ways.One option is to access it through the Windows 7 Control Panel. Once inside control panel, on the addressbar navigation, click on All Control Panel Items, then Administrative Tools, as seen in Figure 1.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...2 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 3. From there, you need to run the iSCSI Initiator (also in Figure 1).Figure 1: Running the iSCSI Initiator from Windows 7 Control Panel / Administrative ToolsThe alternative to running the iSCSI Initiator through that path is to execute it by name. All you need to run isiscsicpl.exe. As you see in Figure 2, you can do this by going to Start and in the blank, enter iscsicpl.exe.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...3 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 4. Figure 2: Running the iSCSI Control panel from the command lineEither way, you will arrive at the same destination. The iSCSI Warning that you see is in Figure 3 and thenour real destination, the iSCSI Initiator Properties that you will see in Figure 4.Assuming this is the first time you have attempted to run iSCSI-related application, you should see thewarning message in Figure 3. This is just saying that that iSCSI service has not been started and it is askingyou if you want to start it. Click Yes.Figure 3: Starting the iSCSI Initiator ServiceConnecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...4 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 5. Finally, we reach the iSCSI Initiator Properties that we want to configure, shown in Figure 4.Figure 4: Connecting to an iSCSI server using the iSCSI InitatorNow, what you want to do is to connect the iSCSI initiator to the iSCSI target. In our case, that target is theOpenFiler virtual machine, running in our vSphere virtual infrastructure.Enter the domain name or IP address for your iSCSI target / the iSCSI target. In our case, it is the circledwb-iscsi-san.Next, in Figure 5, you will be asked which of the discovered targets you want to connect to. In our case, weconnected to the WB-iSCSI-WINDOWS target (which we create just for the Windows Serves).Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...5 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 6. Figure 5: Connecting to the iSCSI TargetOnce you select it and click Connect, your iSCSI SAN volume will be added to Windows so you can clickDONE.You should see the connections that you requested in the iSCSI Initiator (as you see in Figure 6).Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...6 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 7. Figure 6: Successfully Connected to Window iSCSI SANNow, for reliability of the iSCSI volume, you should go into the Volumes and Devices tab and click AutoConfigure. This will make the new iSCSI volume more “resilient”.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...7 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 8. Figure 7: Connecting the iSCSI Device to the serverThen, OK, to close the iSCSI Initiator Properties.Now, go into Computer Management and click on Disk Management.Assuming this is the first time that any iSCSI Initiator (the Windows PC) you should see that a new disk hasbeen found. You will be told that you must initialize the new disk before you can use it, as you see in Figure8.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...8 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 9. Figure 8Click OK to initialize the newly found disk.Now, notice the new disk in Storage Manager (shown as Disk 1 but it could be a different number on yoursystem).In Figure 9, below you can see that the disk is now Online but it is Unallocated.Figure 9: New Unallocated DiskNow what you need to do is to click on the unallocated disk and click New Simple Volume, as you can see inFigure 10, below.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...9 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 10. Figure 10: Creating a new simple volumeThis brings up the New Simple Volume Wizard, as you see in Figure 11.Figure 11: Simple Volume WizardIn the Simple Volume Wizard you define how much space will be allocated of that volume and the driveletter that the new volume will have.In Figure 12, I maxed out the space of the volume with all that the volume offered, 204765 MB or about200GB.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...10 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 11. Figure 12: Specify Size of the new Simple VolumeNow, assign a drive letter, in Figure 13.Figure 13: Assigning a Drive LetterAnd format it with NTFS.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...11 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 12. Figure 14: Formatting the new simple volumeAt this point, you will see the finalization screen, asking you to confirm what you are about to do. If you haveconfigured everything correctly, click Finish.You will see that the disk is being formatted and then you should see a new Healthy (Primary Partition)that is formatted with the NTFS filesystem (as you see in Figure 15), below.Figure 15: New Volume CreatedNow that the new volume is created, let us go t o the new volume inside My Computer.Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...12 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
  • 13. Figure 16: My Computer showing the new volumeWith that, we are done!We successfully connected Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN. Specifically, we connected it to a free OpenFilerSAN! So, with all the benefits that a SAN provides, Windows 7 (and all the other Windows devices that cannow connect to the SAN), you will be able to get a lot more done!About David DavisDavid Davis has served as an IT Manager for over 15 years. He has a number of certificationsincluding CCIE #9369, MCSE, CISSP, & VCP. Additionally, David has authored over one hundred articles, anumber of video training courses including Windows XP, Wireless Networking, Linux Administration, ISAServer, A+ Certification, Microsoft Virtual Server, VMware Server & Workstation, & VMware ESX Server.David publishes Cisco Networking how-to articles & videos at his website, HappyRouter.com.Click here for David Daviss section.Receive all the latest articles by email!Get all articles delivered directly to your mailbox as and when they are released onWindowsNetworking.com! Choose between receiving instant updates with the Real-Time Article Update, ora monthly summary with the Monthly Article Update. Sign up to the WindowsNetworking.com MonthlyNewsletter, written by Dr. Tom Shinder, containing news, the hottest tips, Networking links of the month andmuch more. Subscribe today and dont miss a thing!Real-Time Article Update (click for sample)Monthly Article Update (click for sample)Connecting Windows 7 to an iSCSI SAN http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Connecting-Win...13 de 17 27-10-2011 22:51
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