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Rob Waggoner
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Today we announced that we are making the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 available for public download.  The full announcement by Jose Barreto is located at his blog here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2011/04/04/microsoft-iscsi-software-target-3-3-for-windows-server-2008-r2-available-for-public-download.aspx

I wanted to make sure you saw this.  You can download the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2 directly from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=45105d7f-8c6c-4666-a305-c8189062a0d0

download a single file called “iSCSITargetDLC.EXE”.

Jose also has the details on how you should Configure the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target with Hyper-V blog on his blog here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2009/01/31/step-by-step-using-the-microsoft-iscsi-software-target-with-hyper-v-standalone-full-vhd.aspx

 

What does this mean?  This means that you can now use a Windows Server 2008 R2 server as your shared storage component for your production Hyper-V cluster.  I’ve used the iSCSI target numerous times to support my Hyper-V servers and it’s a low cost way to achieve a very stable clustered solution.  Out of the box, it’s not as high powered as some of the SANs on the market, but it does a very respectable job for those small to medium sized needs, or even branch office scenarios.

 

Until next time,

Rob