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:

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