Managing SAN Devices and Multipathing in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: December 2014

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.

  • Dynamic device discovery – Two dynamic device discovery methods are available:

    • SendTargets – If an iSCSI node exposes a large number of targets, such as an iSCSI to Fibre-Channel bridge, you can supply the iSCSI node IP address/port combination and allow the iSCSI initiator to use the SendTargets features to perform the device discovery.

    • iSNS – The Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) allows the iSCSI initiator to discover the targets to which it has access using as little configuration information as possible. It also provides state change notification to notify the iSCSI initiator when changes in the operational state of storage nodes occur. To use the iSNS discovery method, you can supply the iSNS server address/port combination and allow the iSCSI initiator to query the iSNS servers that you specified to perform the device discovery. The default port for the iSNS server is 3205. For more information about iSNS, see RFC 4171:

      The iSNS discovery service provides an administrative model to discover all targets on a network.

      For more information about setting up iSNS support in Oracle Solaris, see Chapter 9, Configuring and Managing the Oracle Solaris Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS), in Managing Devices in Oracle Solaris 11.2 .

  • Static device discovery – If an iSCSI node has few targets or if you want to restrict the targets that the initiator attempts to access, you can statically configure the target-name by using the following static target address naming convention:


    You can determine the static target address from the array's management tool.

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.