Q. I'm using the Microsoft iSCSI Target that's available for Windows Storage Server 2008, but when I try to connect to the target to perform discovery I see no targets. What's wrong?

A. Assuming you've configured iSCSI correctly, have enabled all the necessary firewall exceptions, and have IP connectivity, the next item would be to connect to the iSCSI target. The easiest way is using the Discover Portal under the Discovery tab of the iSCSI Initiator administrative tool. Just type in the IP address or name of the iSCSI target, as shown. You should see a list of available targets under the Targets tab after clicking Refresh, but you may not see any.

The most likely cause for not seeing the targets is that you haven't added the initiator's iSCSI Qualified Name (IQN) to the target. The only targets shown are those that the initiator has permission to use, so if you haven't added the initiator IQN to the allowed list for the target, no targets will be displayed. To resolve this, add the initiator's IQN to the allowed list:

  1. Access the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target management interface (Server Manager, Storage, Microsoft iSCSI Software Target).
  2. Expand iSCSI Targets.
  3. Right-click a target that the client should be able to access and select Properties.
  4. Select the iSCSI Initiators tab.
  5. Click the Add button and enter the IQN of the initiator (you can check the IQN of the initiator through the Configuration tab of the iSCSI Initiator app on the client).

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  6. Click OK to all dialogs.

On the iSCSI Initiator Targets tab, click Refresh and the targets to which the initiator has access will be displayed.

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