John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.


Virtual Server 2005 R2 and iSCSI

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And while on the subject of official Virtual Server 2005 R2 information starting to becoming public, we now support iSCSI for VHD storage and clustering shared storage. Typically iSCSI can be a far cheaper alternative to fibre channel attached storage, and can perform very well. To find out how you can use iSCSI with Virtual Server 2005 R2, again, hot off the press, here's the link to a document on

Note that to implement an iSCSI solution, you should be looking using Gigabit ethernet minimum for connectivity from host to device. You will need the iSCSI initiator software which you can download for free here, and either a hardware or software solution. Hardware solutions will be more expensive, but there are some excellent software solutions out there as well including WinTarget from Stringbean Software.

  • ya know that ms could knock the iscsi thing out of the park if you come up with a free target from ms. I'd say buy stringbeans target so that you'll make some employee's happy. I'm not saying stringbean is the greatest but!!

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