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Free iSCSI software changes the game Vol 13-8 | April, 2011
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We’re trying something new based on your feedback about the flash. Here’s the first of many Technical articles written by Canadian Technical Professionals on topics that are important to us all. Our first one is written by Mitch Garvis an MVP who works as a consultant for SWMI Consulting Group.


Storage Area Networks (SANs) are expensive.  Even the least expensive SAN device costs thousands of dollars, putting them out of reach of most individuals, SOHOs, and smaller businesses.  For most shared storage needs they can get around having a SAN with shares, but for Failover Clustering we really need a SAN.

When Microsoft released the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for general use ( The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is now free ) they essentially told 90% of businesses that they can cluster too.

Now that we can build software LUNs ( Creating a SAN using Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 ) there are several terms we need to keep straight ( All for SAN and SAN for All! ).  If you can do that, you’ll understand how the pieces fit together. 

In a nutshell, the iSCSI Initiator connects our operating system through a Host Bus Adapter (HBA) to an IP network, through the network to a target, a Logical Unit Number (LUN) which is a slice of a Storage Area Network (SAN).

Clear as mud?  Follow my articles on the Canadian IT Pro Connection for direction!

Mitch Garvis, MCT | Senior IT Consultant & Trainer | SWMI Consulting

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