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How to Setup iSCSI on Windows 2008 R2 Server

Configuration: VMware vSphere 4.0, ESX Hosts, EMC AX4-5 Celerra's, 2 HP Proliant DL380G7 Servers for Veeam 5.0.2 Backup and Replication (1 Server for Main Office and 1 for Collocation Datacenter Site), 2 Cisco Switch (Storage Switch) Main/Collocation Site configuration, Qlogic iSCSI HBA Server Card connectivity to SAN's.

Goal: Connect iSCSI HBA Cards to SAN through iSCSI Initiator on Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Servers.

1. Go to the QLogic website (HBA Drivers Website) if it is an OEM choose EMC, NetApp, etc. This tutorial is for a QLogic EMC HBA. (This is tested to work for Dell PowerEdge/HP Proliant Servers)

Driver Download Link

1a. You will also need to download the EMC PowerPath Server Utility for Windows Server x64 (2008 R2). And make sure that you download and install the Navisphere Server Utility (Windows/VMware) - [Just register your server in Navisphere if you have already configured your AX4-5]

2. Install the drivers and you should now see QLogic iSCSI Adapter under Storage Processors in Device Manager.

3. You can use SANSurfer for QLogic to configure the cards (Recommended) or you can change the configurations on the QLogic iSCSI Adapter itself. I had to many problems from the Driver configuration Window, so just download and use SANSurfer. The password is 'config'.

4. Check your settings on the SAN for iSCSI since your configurations of SANSurfer, you must make sure you can ping your SAN IP first before doing anything.


4a. Make sure you can ping your SAN from the Device Manager QLogic iSCSI Adapter. Make sure that the IP is on the same IP Subnet as the SAN. If it is 10.10.1.XX, then your iSCSI card has to be on 10.10.1.XX to communicate. Make sure that the server switch is setup right also! If you can't ping, FIX THIS FIRST!!!



5. Ok. Now you can ping the SAN's IP Port of 10.10.1.11 (or whatever) with your Server iSCSI IP of 10.10.1.50. Great. Now, let's configure Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 iSCSI Initiator.

5a: Open iSCSI Intiator. 
5b: Click on the Discovery Tab. 
5c. Click on Discover Portal
5d. Enter the IP Address of the SAN (#4 Above) 
5e. Select the Local Adapter (your iSCSI HBA Card) and the iSCSI IP (Troubleshooting Tip: If no IP is showing or it is showing all 0000:0000:000 just pick it anyway. Make sure it is the right HBA by selecting the same from the same Adapter row. So...if it is the 2nd iSCSI Adapter HBA, pick the 2nd Initiator IP option...OK?) 
5f.  If you are using CHAP/Initiator Authentication use your iSCSI Intiator (Make the Initiator the default or be warned of plenty of SAN Configuration Headaches)


 6. Click on Volumes and Devices and click on Auto configure. It will come up with gobbledegoop. This is when you have to go to Disk Management and Configure the SAN Drives as NTFS (Troubleshooting Tip: NTFS 101: If the SAN LUN was/is used for anything else, it will not let you format the drive or Initialize  the disk, so NO you will not be sharing this LUN, it will need to be dedicated to format and use. So do not waist time trying to get it to work.)

6a. (Troubleshooting Tip: I highly recommend naming the HDD properties by the SAN LUN Name for Troubleshooting and problem resolution later.)










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