Installing to an iSCSI for IP-Networked Storage on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3

Installing to an iSCSI for IP-Networked Storage on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3

Many technologies originally intended for the enterprise end up trickling down into the consumer market at some point. Some of these technologies (ethernet or virtualization, for instance) are more practical than others; but if businesses find a use for a specific piece of technology, then chances are good that consumers can benefit from it as well. Such is the case with iSCSI.

iSCSI stands for Internet Small Computer System Interface. SCSI (sans i) has long served to connect a variety of peripherals to computer systems, but most commonly it appears in storage devices, such as hard drives or tape-backup drives. iSCSI builds upon the base technology by allowing users to connect to a remote storage volume over a network, as if said storage volume were a locally attached disk. Simply put, iSCSI transmits SCSI commands over IP (Internet Protocol) networks. iSCSI is like a virtual SATA (or SCSI) cable, in that it uses a network connection to link a system and a storage volume.

Getting Started

Following are the steps necessary to set up a DELL server for use with iSCSI.  To see video how everything works, and see screenshot for configured the iSCSI target.

 

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