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How to set up an iSCSI connection in Windows Server 2008

Frequent SearchSMBStorage.com contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey offers a crash course in how to set up an iSCSI connection in Windows Server 2008.

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Posey, Windows Server includes a step-by-step process to implement an iSCSI connection without the need for any third-party software.

“The system treats this storage as though it is local to the system. I can go ahead and create a volume on it, and assign it a drive letter and a file system, and here we have basically local storage, even though this disk isn’t local to the system. It’s actually an iSCSI-connected storage device,” Posey explains during his demonstration. 

“Some server applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, won’t let you store databases on storage devices such as NAS devices – the databases have to be kept locally," said Posey. "And iSCSI allows you to meet this requirement without having to have enough physical storage within your server to accomplish it."

This was first published in August 2011

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