System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

Configuring Solaris iSCSI Targets and Initiators

Configuring your Solaris iSCSI targets and initiators involves the following steps:

The iSCSI configuration information is stored in the /etc/iscsi directory. This information requires no administration.

iSCSI Terminology

Review the following terminology before configuring iSCSI targets and initiators.




The driver that initiates SCSI requests to the iSCSI target. 

Target device 

The iSCSI storage component. 


The process that presents the initiator with a list of available targets. 

Discovery method  

The way in which the iSCSI targets can be found. Three methods are currently available: 

  • Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) – Potential targets are discovered by interacting with one or more iSNS servers.

  • SendTargets – Potential targets are discovered by using a discovery-address.

  • Static – Static target addressing is configured.

Configuring Dynamic or Static Target Discovery

Determine whether you want to configure one of the dynamic device discovery methods or use static iSCSI initiator targets to perform device discovery.

Note –

Do not configure an iSCSI target to be discovered by both static and dynamic device discovery methods. The consequence of using redundant discovery methods might be slow performance when the initiator is communicating with the iSCSI target device.