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This post is updated after co-blogger Hans Vredevoort contacted some of the storage folks in Microsoft to discuss the MPIO/cluster member initiators issue. It turns out that order list number 3 is not correct.
As a follow-up after releasing the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Microsoft has released an support article specifing the limits.
This topic provides the supported and tested Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3
limits. The following tables display the tested limits and the enforced limits
where applicable.In addition, the following limits apply:
- You should not use network adapter teaming with Microsoft iSCSI Software
Target 3.3 for iSCSI communication.
- If you plan to use multiple network adapters for iSCSI communication, you
should separate them into their own subnets, set up virtual IP addresses, and
then implement MPIO.
- MPIO is
notsupported for iSCSI initiators when used in conjunction with
Microsoft iSCSI Software Target if the initiators are part of a failover
A couple of years ago Microsoft acquired a company called “String Bean Software” which was IMHO a simple but great iSCSI Target solution, and it it was incorporated into the StorageServer product.
Today Microsoft launched the iSCSI Software target 3.3 for public download. This is absolutely great, now we have the possibility to create (Hyper-V) clusters on shared storage!
More info on the Jose Barrato’s Blog and it can be downloaded from the Microsoft download site: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=45105d7f-8c6c-4666-a305-c8189062a0d0