How To Connect a Windows Server to a VPSA using CHAP

This procedure describes the steps required to discover and connect a Windows Server to a VPSA via iSCSI, using the VPSA CHAP credentials.

The procedure is required only once per Server. Once the connection is established, any existing or new VPSA Volumes which are attached to this Server will automatically be discovered and displayed in Windows Disk Management

To connect a Windows 2008 R2 to a VPSA, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, type iSCSI in Start Search, and then under Programs, click iSCSI Initiator.iscsi-1.jpg
  2. On the User Account Control page, click Continue.
  3. If this is the first time that you have launched Microsoft iSCSI Initiator, you receive a prompt that says the Microsoft iSCSI service is not running. You must start the service for Microsoft iSCSI Initiator to run correctly. Click Yes to start the service. The Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Properties dialog box opens, and the Targets tab is displayed.
  4. On the Targets tab, type the iSCSI IP address of the VPSA (which is displayed in the VPSA GUI Controllers page) in the Quick Connect text box, and then click Quick Connect
  5. The Quick Connect dialog box is displayed, with the VPSA discovered iSCSI target in an "Inactive" status. Press Done.iSCSI-2.jpg
  6. To activate the connection, select the VPSA target and press the Connect button. Please note that if you have multiple targets listed, you can identify the VPSA target by its IQN name which is in the form of "iqn.2011-04.com.zadarastorage:vsa-xxxx" and is displayed in the Controller properties page in the VPSA GUI.
  7. You may select the Enable multi-path check-box if you wish to use MPIO multi-pathing. Then, click Advanced... iSCSI-3.jpg
  8. Select "Enable CHAP log-on" check-box and enter the CHAP Username and Target Secret. Both values are displayed in the VPSA GUI, under the Controllers page, in the properties tab. Press OK to confirm the operation.iscsi-4.jpg
  9. In the Targets tab you'll see that the VPSA iSCSI target has moved from "Inactive" to "Connected" status. A new Server is created automatically in the VPSA and is displayed in the Servers GUI page. The name of the server is its iSCSI initiator IQN. You may change the Server Display Name.

Note: To acheive best performance it is recommended to use multiple sessions & MPIO. To enable MPIO, please follow the instructions at http://zadarastorage.zendesk.com/entries/20925646-how-to-enable-mpio-and-set-multiple-iscsi-sessions-on-windows-server-2008-r2

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    mattwverge

    Step number 2 is actually in the Configuration tab of the iSCSI Initiator Properties.  

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    Support Team

    We fixed the procedure,

    Thanks matwverge for catching this!

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    mattwverge

    You might want to add screen shots and checking the wording on some of the steps.  The button names and checkboxes have some different names in Windows 2008 R2.

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    Support Team

    Thanks Matthew for the feedback.

    We have added screen shots to the procedure and fixed some of the wording

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