Updated iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

We just got an updated version of the “iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2“ posted on the Microsoft Download Center by Bruce Langworthy, the iSCSI Initiator PM.


Here’s a summary of the contents of this 82-page Word document:


·         Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Step-by-Step Guide

·         Understanding Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Features and Components

          What’s new in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

          SAN components in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator implementation

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator components

          Services that depend on iSCSI devices

          How Microsoft iSCSI Initiator accesses targets

n  Node names

n  Initiator Instance

n  Discovery mechanisms

·         Installing and Configuring Microsoft iSCSI Initiator



n  IPsec

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator best practices

n  Storage array performance best practices

n  Security best practices

n  Networking best practices

n  Networking hardware best practices

          Easier Firewall configuration for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

          Connecting to an iSCSI target device

          Connecting to an iSCSI target by using advanced settings

·         Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

          Opening Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

          Initiator IQN Name

          Favorite targets

          Running automatic start services on iSCSI disks

          Generating iSCSI configuration reports

          Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator on the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 R2

          Management application

          Determining if a drive is connected via iSCSI

·         Appendix A: Advanced Configuration Settings

          Using registry settings to configure advanced settings for the iSCSI Initiator

          The following MPIO timers and timeout values may be used to tune the configuration of MPIO.   MPIO Timer Key Values

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service Timers

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Driver Timers

          Other Timers

·         Appendix B – Event Tracing in MS iSCSI Drivers

·         Appendix C – iSCSI Eventlog messages

          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

          Microsoft Software Initiator Kernel Mode Driver

·         Appendix D – iSCSICLI command reference

          Manually Configured Targets

n  iscsicli AddTarget

n  iscsicli QAddTarget

n  iscsicli RemoveTarget

          Target Portals

n  iscsicli AddTargetPortal

n  iscsicli QAddTargetPortal

n  iscsicli RemoveTargetPortal

n  iscsicli RefreshTargetPortal

n  iscsicli ListTargetPortals


n  iscsicli AddiSNSServer

n  iscsicli RemoveiSNSServer

n  iscsicli RefreshiSNSServer

n  iscsicli ListiSNSServers

          Target Operations

n  iscsicli TargetInfo

n  iscsicli LoginTarget

n  iscsicli ListTargets

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