Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 – download available

ws2008 r2 blog logoThe Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targets, see
This download package includes the following items:

  • x64:
    • iSCSItarget_public.msi: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 service component for Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: Virtual Disk Service (VDS) provider, Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) provider, and high-performance computing (HPC) providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
  • x86:
    • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: VDS provider, VSS provider, and HPC providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
  • Documentation:
    • iSCSItarget_Gstart_R2.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Getting Started Guide
    • iSCSI_33_relnotes.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Release Notes
  • Autorun.inf: Automatically starts Index.htm to display install options
  • Index.html: Main menu page for installing software.
  • Bkgd-page-servers-dynagrid.jpg: Used by Index.html.
  • Copyright.jpg: Used by Index.html.
  • Wsr2logo.bmp: Used by Index.html.

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Comments (3)

  1. OtherKevin says:

    Still not support for SMI-S?

  2. Jian Yan says:

    The SMI-S support is not in this release. Assuming you are asking for the SMI-S provider to have SCVMM to manage the iSCSI Target. If you have other usage for the SMI-S provider, I'd like to know. I'm collecting customer evidence to make a proposal.

    In short, we don't have any committed plans in this area, but working on it.

  3. OtherKevin says:

    Correct, I'm only looking for SMI-S for SCVMM.  The iSCSI target is good for demo environments/lab scenarios, but I'd like to be able to demo the full feature set of SCVMM without having to buy new storage hardware.