In the first part of this tutorial we looked at how to setup an iSCSI target in a virtual machine. If you haven’t read the first part you can find it here : How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI – Part I
In this second part we will install and configure the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator and then in the third and final part we will build a Windows Server cluster using virtual machines running under Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.
Windows Server 2008 ships with a built-in iSCSI initiator but if you are running Windows Server 2003 you need to download and install it manually. In this walkthrough I am using version 2.08 which you can get here : Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.08
The Initiator software needs to be installed on each of the machines that will be required to connect to the iSCSI target in order join the cluster. Double-click the file ‘Initiator-2.08-build3825-x86fre.exe’ to launch the setup. Click Next to continue
Ensure that ‘Initiator service’ and ‘Software initiator’ are both checked and click Next
Accept the license agreement and click Next
The installation wizard copies the files onto your server
When the installation completes click Finish to close the installation wizard.
Now that the Initiator software is installed we need to configure the iSCSI targets. Double-click the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator icon to open the Properties page. On the Discovery tab click Add
In the Add Target Portal dialog box type the IP address of your iSCSI target machine and click OK. Make sure that you leave the default port of 3260 set