Creating an iSCSI LUN

Creating an iSCSI LUN


Creating an iSCSI LUN

This document describes how to create a iSCSI LUN using a Zadara Storage VPSA.

This document is a quick, step-by-step guide to getting started with a VPSA. For an in depth review see the VPSA users guide.


This document is designed for an audience with a basic familiarity shared storage and SAN concepts.


It will take most administrators about 5 minutes to complete the steps.


The Process

  • Create a iSCSI LUN

Create your LUN -

Following the steps in the Setting up your VPSA guide connect to your VPSA. On the left click ‘Volumes’, then ‘Create’ and ‘Create Block Volume’ -


In the Create Block Volume dialog -

  1. Give your new volume a name.
  2. Pick an initial size for the volume, you can always expand it later. The initial size must be equal to or less than the free space left in the pool.
  3. If you want your data encrypted at rest you first need to set a master encryption password. On the left click ‘Controllers’, then click ‘Encryption’. Generally encrypted volumes operate ~5% slower than the same non-encrypted volume. If your VPSA is going to have a lot of encrypted volumes we will recommend a larger VPSA.
  4. By default your volume will be snapshotted per the default snapshot policies. You can check or update these policies by clicking ‘Snapshot Policies’ on the left.


That’s It! You’ve created a iSCSI block device.

Next Steps -

Creating a NFS volume

Creating a CIFS volume

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a Windows instance

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a *nix instance

Mounting a NFS volume to a *nix instance

Mounting a CIFS volume to a Windows instance

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