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Storage Server 2003 R2, an iSCSI target?

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    AndyC

    Does anyone know if the R2 version of Storage Server can act as an iSCSI target? Can't find a definitive yes/no anywhere on Microsoft.com and everywhere else seems to have conflicting comments.

    Of course, having asked, someone will no doubt now point to an obvious link I missed. Tongue Out

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    tribalcactus

    Yes.  It can.

    Microsoft bought WinTarget (iScsi server software) and integrated that functionality into Storage Server R2.  The only problem is you can't get Storage Server R2 from anyone except OEM Vendors such as Dell or HP.  I blogged about this a while back.
    http://winzenz.blogspot.com/2006/03/disappointing-news-from-microsoft.html#links

    Anyways, if you have WSS R2, you can create iscsi targets and attach to them using the iscsi initiator.

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    Tom Servo

    tribalcactus wrote:
    Anyways, if you have WSS R2, you can create iscsi targets and attach to them using the iscsi initiator.

    Have... that's the problem. As far as I know, they ship WSS only to OEMs.

    Also, I hope that iSCSI target driver will be available seperately for Windows Server.

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    PerfectPhase

    tribalcactus wrote:
    

    Yes.  It can.



    Ah, no, actually it can't. WinTarget is not in WSS 2k3 R2, it's to be released as a feature pack some time this summer.

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    Microsoft also announced details on how the WinTarget technology, acquired from String Bean Software last month, will be delivered to customers. The iSCSI target technology will be offered through OEMs as a feature pack of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, available with Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2.
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    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/apr06/04-04SNWPR.mspx

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    PerfectPhase

    Tom Servo wrote:
    
    tribalcactus wrote: Anyways, if you have WSS R2, you can create iscsi targets and attach to them using the iscsi initiator.

    Have... that's the problem. As far as I know, they ship WSS only to OEMs.

    Also, I hope that iSCSI target driver will be available seperately for Windows Server.


    If you have an imediate need you could look here:

    http://www.rocketdivision.com/wind.html

    or there are several Linux iSCSI target projects

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    Tom Servo

    PerfectPhase wrote:
    If you have an imediate need you could look here:

    http://www.rocketdivision.com/wind.html

    StarWind seems a nice application, however for some reason I can't add ATA devices apart from my DVD drives.

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    warwick7th

    Has anyone had any luck with this Nimbus product?

    http://www.nimbusdata.com/products/mysan/mysan.htm

    It's free so I'm concerned about support for this thing if it goes south on me.  I haven't had a chance to play with it yet so I'm interested to hear from anyone who has used it.


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    PerfectPhase

    warwick7th wrote:
    Has anyone had any luck with this Nimbus product?

    http://www.nimbusdata.com/products/mysan/mysan.htm

    It's free so I'm concerned about support for this thing if it goes south on me.  I haven't had a chance to play with it yet so I'm interested to hear from anyone who has used it.


    Looks intreasting.  Do you know if it will still be free when it comes out of RC? 

    I've been using iSCSI Enterprise Target on Fedora to run an ESX cluster and found that to be rock solid. 

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    Aldrich

    http://www.kernsafe.com/product.aspx?id=5
    An advanced and powerful, full-featured software-only iSCSI Target Server for Microsoft Windows, from KernSafe Technologies.

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