Mounting a Virtual Disk Locally

Applies To: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

With Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, you can mount an iSCSI virtual disk locally on the iSCSI target server to make it available for read/write access. This virtual disk will then appear as a local disk. This is useful for preparing the disk or restoring data to the virtual disk from backup media.


Disconnect all iSCSI targets that are using the virtual disk before mounting it. Failure to do so can cause data corruption.

You can mount iSCSI virtual disk in read/write mode or mount a snapshot of the virtual disk in read-only mode, but not both. If you have already mounted the virtual disk as read/write or read-only, a subsequent mount operation will dismount the previous instance before proceeding. For more information about mounting a read-only snapshot, see Mounting a Read-Only Snapshot Locally.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To mount a virtual disk locally

  1. In Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, in the console tree, click Devices.

  2. In the results pane, right-click the virtual disk that you want to mount locally, point to Disk Access, and then click Mount Read/Write.

  3. When you are prompted to confirm the action, click Yes.

Additional considerations

  • You must be a member of the local Administrators group to perform these tasks.

  • To open iSCSI Software Target, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. (Another way to open iSCSI Software Target is to click Start, click Run, and then type iscsitarget.msc.)

Additional references

Providing Local Access to Data on Virtual Disks

Mounting a Read-Only Snapshot Locally