Below we’ll outline how to create and add iSCSI volume to a Windows server.

In our particular scenario we will be using Equallogic PS series iSCSI array and Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2008 R2.

First off, let’s create the volume. You can do so from the Equallogic PS Group Manager software utility. In the lower left hand side corner of the window, click on the Volumes tab.

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Next, in the center window pane labeled Activities, click on Create Volume.

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In the Create volume window select the storage pool with sufficient free space, then specify the volume Name, and optionally provide the Description. Click on the Next button.

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In step 2, you’ll want to specify the Volume size, as well as the Snapshot Reserve. Once completed, click on the Next button.

In the step 3 of the Create volume “wizard”, we want to select the Restricted access radio button, as well as check the box next to Limit access to iSCSI initiator name.

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Here we will specify the iSCSI initiator name of the Windows server you want to grant access to the volume. You can find this information on the server under All Programs > Administrative Tools > iSCSI Initiator, or you can just start typing in iSCSI in the search bar at the bottom of the Start menu.

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What we are looking for is under the Configuration tab of the iSCSI Initiator Properties, in the Initiator Name field. Copy this string and paste it into the Limit access to iSCSI initiator name box in the Equallogic PS Group Manager. Once you’ve done this, click on Next and Finish to complete the provisioning of the volume.

We’re not done, just yet. Back on the Windows server, in the iSCSI Initiator Properties window, you want to select the Targets tab. Click on the Refresh button.

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You’ll notice that a new Target was discovered and that it’s Status is Inactive. Highlight the newly discovered target by left clicking on it, then press the Connect button.

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Connect To Target window will pop up. You may want to check Enable multi-path box. Click on OK to proceed.

Last step in this process would be to navigate to Disk Management, where you’ll see a new disk added. Right click on it and select Online to bring the disk online.

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Right click on the new disk again, and select Initialize Disk from the menu.

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Choose whether you’d like the disk to be partitioned as MBR or GPT, then click on the OK button. Right click on the disk again and select New Simple Volume to format the drive.

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Once you successfully complete the Wizard, a disk with a new drive letter will appear and be available for you to use on your Windows server.

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