We just got an updated version of the “iSCSI Initiator Users Guide for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2“ posted on the Microsoft Download Center by Bruce Langworthy, the iSCSI Initiator PM.


Here’s a summary of the contents of this 82-page Word document:


·         Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Step-by-Step Guide

·         Understanding Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Features and Components

-          What’s new in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

-          SAN components in Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator implementation

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator components

-          Services that depend on iSCSI devices

-          How Microsoft iSCSI Initiator accesses targets

n  Node names

n  Initiator Instance

n  Discovery mechanisms

·         Installing and Configuring Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

-          Security


n  IPsec

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator best practices

n  Storage array performance best practices

n  Security best practices

n  Networking best practices

n  Networking hardware best practices

-          Easier Firewall configuration for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

-          Connecting to an iSCSI target device

-          Connecting to an iSCSI target by using advanced settings

·         Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

-          Opening Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

-          Initiator IQN Name

-          Favorite targets

-          Running automatic start services on iSCSI disks

-          Generating iSCSI configuration reports

-          Using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator on the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 R2

-          Management application

-          Determining if a drive is connected via iSCSI

·         Appendix A: Advanced Configuration Settings

-          Using registry settings to configure advanced settings for the iSCSI Initiator

-          The following MPIO timers and timeout values may be used to tune the configuration of MPIO.   MPIO Timer Key Values

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service Timers

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Driver Timers

-          Other Timers

·         Appendix B - Event Tracing in MS iSCSI Drivers

·         Appendix C - iSCSI Eventlog messages

-          Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

-          Microsoft Software Initiator Kernel Mode Driver

·         Appendix D – iSCSICLI command reference

-          Manually Configured Targets

n  iscsicli AddTarget

n  iscsicli QAddTarget

n  iscsicli RemoveTarget

-          Target Portals

n  iscsicli AddTargetPortal

n  iscsicli QAddTargetPortal

n  iscsicli RemoveTargetPortal

n  iscsicli RefreshTargetPortal

n  iscsicli ListTargetPortals

-          iSNS

n  iscsicli AddiSNSServer

n  iscsicli RemoveiSNSServer

n  iscsicli RefreshiSNSServer

n  iscsicli ListiSNSServers

-          Target Operations

n  iscsicli TargetInfo

n  iscsicli LoginTarget

n  iscsicli ListTargets

n  iscsicli QLoginTarget

n  iscsicli LogoutTarget

n  iscsicli PersistentLoginTarget

n  iscsicli ListPersistentTargets

n  iscsicli RemovePersistentTarget

n  iscsicli AddConnection

n  iscsicli QAddConnection

n  iscsicli RemoveConnection

-          SCSI Commands

n  iscsicli ScsiInquiry

n  iscsicli ReadCapacity

n  iscsicli ReportLUNs

n  iscsicli ReportTargetMappings

-          IPSEC Commands

n  iscsicli TunnelAddr

n  iscsicli GroupKey

n  iscsicli PSKey

-          Volume Binding Commands

n  iscsicli BindPersistentVolumes

n  iscsicli BindPersistentDevices

n  iscsicli ReportPersistentDevices

n  iscsicli AddPersistentDevice

n  iscsicli RemovePersistentDevice

n  iscsicli ClearPersistentDevices

-          Miscellaneous Commands

n  iscsicli ListInitiators

n  iscsicli NodeName

n  iscsicli SessionList

n  iscsicli CHAPSecret

n  iscsicli VersionInfo

·         Appendix E – Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Error Messages and Status Codes

·         Appendix F – Sample iSCSICLI login Script


This is a great guide and mandatory reading for those deploying an iSCSI solution in the Windows platform.

Download now from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=00d7c33c-93cc-4449-8d5e-3fd12d820b56