Creating and Managing Virtual Disks for iSCSI Targets

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

With Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, an iSCSI target uses virtual disks to provide storage on iSCSI subsystems. iSCSI virtual disks appear to iSCSI initiators as locally-attached hard disks. Each disk can be partitioned, formatted, and used the same as a hard disk.

You can create a new iSCSI virtual disk or import a previously created virtual disk for assignment to an iSCSI target. After you create an iSCSI virtual disk, you can extend the virtual disk, control iSCSI target access to the virtual disk, and delete the virtual disk.

For more information about iSCSI targets, see Creating and Managing iSCSI Targets.


If you are implementing failover clustering with Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, you can create and manage iSCSI resource groups using Failover Cluster Management, and then use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target to create and manage targets and virtual disks. For more information about implementing failover clustering, see Configuring iSCSI Storage for High Availability.

In this section

Creating a Virtual Disk for an iSCSI Target

Importing a Virtual Disk

Assigning a Virtual Disk to an iSCSI Target

Extending a Virtual Disk for an iSCSI Target

Modifying the Configuration of a Virtual Disk

Removing iSCSI Target Access to a Virtual Disk

Taking a Virtual Disk Offline Temporarily

Deleting a Virtual Disk

Additional references

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

Creating and Managing iSCSI Targets

Configuring iSCSI Storage for High Availability