How to connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI storage target

Enable the iSCSI initiator on the ESXi host

We now must enable the iSCSI initiator on the ESXi host. The iSCSI initiator is the software component that connects to the ESXi host to the storage processor running as an iSCSI target. The target owns the disk resource for ESXi and should be configured ahead of time. Individual LUNs for ESXi should be 2TB minus 512 bytes or smaller.

Enabling the iSCSI initiator is shown in this image by clicking each area in the orange boxes.

Once the OK button is selected, the iSCSI qualified name (IQN) number is generated as shown in the yellow box.

About Rick Vanover

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

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