Task 2: (iSCSI Only) Configure Targets and Enable Portals

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Targets are created in order to manage the connections between the Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage subsystems in your storage area network (SAN) and the servers that need to access them. You assign logical unit numbers (LUNs) to a target, and all servers that log on to that target will have access to the LUNs assigned to it.

When you configure a target, you select the portals (network connections) that the target will provide for LUN access.


In most cases, you can create and manage targets yourself. However, some iSCSI storage subsystems only support simple target configurations, where targets are automatically created when you create a LUN. With simple target configurations, you also cannot delete a target or manually assign LUNs to it. LUNs are automatically assigned when they are created. For this type of subsystem, you just need to identify the server or cluster that will access the LUN, and the iSCSI subsystem will enable access from that server or cluster to the LUN.

To configure a target on an iSCSI storage subsystem

  1. In the console tree, click LUN Management,

  2. In the Actions pane, click Manage iSCSI Targets.

  3. In the Manage iSCSI Targets dialog box, in Select a subsystem to manage, select the iSCSI storage subsystem you want to configure a target for, and then click Add.

  4. In the Add Target dialog box, in Target Friendly Name, type a descriptive name for the target that will help you to distinguish it from other targets. A separate iSCSI name will be automatically assigned.

  5. In Select portals to enable for this target, select the check box next to each IP address that the target should use, and then click OK.

    The Manage iSCSI Targets dialog box shows the new target, with the portals that you enabled listed at the bottom.

  6. If you want to configure more targets, go back to step 3.

  7. When you are finished configuring targets, click Close.