System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

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.