Updated iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

We just got an updated version of the “iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2“ posted on the Microsoft Download Center by Bruce Langworthy, the iSCSI Initiator PM.


Here’s a summary of the contents of this 82-page Word document:


· Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Step-by-Step Guide

· Understanding Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Features and Components

- What’s new in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

- SAN components in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator implementation

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator components

- Services that depend on iSCSI devices

- How Microsoft iSCSI Initiator accesses targets

n Node names

n Initiator Instance

n Discovery mechanisms

· Installing and Configuring Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

- Security


n IPsec

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator best practices

n Storage array performance best practices

n Security best practices

n Networking best practices

n Networking hardware best practices

- Easier Firewall configuration for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

- Connecting to an iSCSI target device

- Connecting to an iSCSI target by using advanced settings

· Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

- Opening Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

- Initiator IQN Name

- Favorite targets

- Running automatic start services on iSCSI disks

- Generating iSCSI configuration reports

- Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator on the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 R2

- Management application

- Determining if a drive is connected via iSCSI

· Appendix A: Advanced Configuration Settings

- Using registry settings to configure advanced settings for the iSCSI Initiator

- The following MPIO timers and timeout values may be used to tune the configuration of MPIO. MPIO Timer Key Values

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service Timers

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Driver Timers

- Other Timers

· Appendix B - Event Tracing in MS iSCSI Drivers

· Appendix C - iSCSI Eventlog messages

- Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

- Microsoft Software Initiator Kernel Mode Driver

· Appendix D – iSCSICLI command reference

- Manually Configured Targets

n iscsicli AddTarget

n iscsicli QAddTarget

n iscsicli RemoveTarget

- Target Portals

n iscsicli AddTargetPortal

n iscsicli QAddTargetPortal

n iscsicli RemoveTargetPortal

n iscsicli RefreshTargetPortal

n iscsicli ListTargetPortals

- iSNS

n iscsicli AddiSNSServer

n iscsicli RemoveiSNSServer

n iscsicli RefreshiSNSServer

n iscsicli ListiSNSServers

- Target Operations

n iscsicli TargetInfo

n iscsicli LoginTarget

n iscsicli ListTargets