Configure iSCSI software initiator

Here are the instructions to enable a software iSCSI initiator on an ESXi host using vSphere Web Client:

1. Select your ESXi host in the inventory and go to Manage > Storage. Under Storage Adapters, click the Add new storage adapter icon and select Software iSCSI adapter:

add new storage adapter

 

2. Click OK in the Add Software iSCSI Adapter window that opens:

add new storage adapter dialog

3. When the task is completed, select the vmhba<NUMBER> adapter that is listed under iSCSI Software Adapter. Under Adapter Details > General, select the Edit button:

edit iscsi software adapter

4. Note that the dialog box displays the iSCSI initiator name. Type a friendly name for the iSCSI Alias and click OK:

edit iscsi software adapter alias

5. You now need to associate the iSCSI software adapter with the VMkernel port created in the previous step. Select the Network Port Binding tab and click the plus icon:

iscsi software adapter add network port binding

6. Select the VMkernel port you’ve created in the previous step and click OK:

network port binding vmkernel

7. Under Adapter Details, go to the Targets tab. Select Dynamic discovery and click Add:

add targets iscsi

8. Type the hostname (or the IP address) and the port of the iSCSI target and click OK:

targets iscsi server

9. When the task is completed, click the Rescan adapter icon and click OK to rescan the adapters:

rescan storage adapters

10. Select the iSCSI software adapter from the Storage Adapters list and go to the Paths tab to make sure that the iSCSI target has been found:

iscsi target server

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