ISCSI Target Role – Windows Server – SAN

The iSCSI target role makes it possible to transform a server into a SAN (bay of disks / storage) by creating virtual disks (vhdx) and by presenting them to other server using the ethernet network (iSCSI).

This type of configuration is used with Hyper-V clusters which require a volume shared between all of the nodes.


At least two servers:

  • a target server, which will present the volume (s).
  • an initiating server which will receive the volume (s).

Recommended production:

In production, it is advisable to physically separate the iSCSI SAN network from the production network with different switches and dedicated network cards on the servers.
In order to guarantee correct performance, a 10Gb network must be provided.

The target server must be Windows 2012 minimum. The client can be a client computer from Windows 7 or Windows Server.

In the example below, the positions are members of a domain. This is not an obligation.

Representation of a target architecture:

Related Posts

Starwind: setting up a highly available storage

StarWind Virtual SAN is software that turns Windows into an iSCSI target server. The advantage of StarWind is that it can be used to put the storage in high availability by installing two StarWind ser

Create a raid 1 with Windows

In this tutorial, I will explain how to create a RAID 1 on Windows with Disk Manager. I have personally used this technique on several occasions both on my personal computers and on backup servers to

QNAP: add a shared folder

In this tutorial, we will see how to create a shared folder with a QNAP NAS and access it from Windows. Creating the shared folder 1. Go to the administration interface and open Control Panel <<