Before you start to use the iSCSI target service, make sure you have created an iSCSI target with a LUN on the NAS and installed the correct iSCSI initiator for your OS.
iSCSI initiator on Windows
Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator v2.07 is an official application for Windows OS 2003, XP, and 2000 to allow users to implement an external iSCSI storage array over the network. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator is included. For more information and the download location, visit:
Start iSCSI initiator from “Control Panel” > “Administrative Tools”. Under the “Discovery” tab click “Add Portal”. Enter the NAS IP and the port number for the iSCSI service.
The available iSCSI targets and their status will then be shown under the “Targets” tab. Select the target you wish to connect then click “Connect”.
You may click “Advanced” to specify the logon information if you have configured the authentication otherwise simply click “OK” to continue.
Upon successful logon, the status of the target now shows “Connected”.
After the target has been connected Windows will detect its presence and treat it as if a new hard disk drive has been added which needs to be initialized and formatted before we can use it. Right click “My Computer” > “Manage” to open the “Computer Management” window then go to “Disk Management” and a window should pop up automatically asking whether you want to initialize the newly found hard drive. Click “OK” then format this drive as normally you would when adding a new disk.
After disk initialization and formatting, the new drive is attached to your PC. You can now use this iSCSI target as a regular disk partition.