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With Wikipedia:iSCSI you can access storage over an IP-based network.
The exported storage entity is the target and the importing entity is the initiator.
There are different modules available to set up the target. The SCSI Target Framework (STGT) was the standard before linux 2.6.38. The current standard is the LIO target. The iSCSI Enterprise Target (IET) is an old implementation and SCSI Target Subsystem (SCST) is the successor of IET and was a possible candidate for kernel inclusion before the decision fell for LIO.
Setup with LIO
LIO target is included in the kernel since 2.6.38. However, the iSCSI target fabric is included since linux 3.1. You can test the 3.1rc with Template:Package AUR when you add Template:Codeline to the kernel config.
The important kernel modules are target_core_mod and iscsi_target_mod, which should be in the kernel and loaded automatically.
You start LIO target with Template:Cli This will load needed modules and optionally loads the previously saved iscsi target configuration.
With Template:Cli you can show some information about the running configuration.
You can use targetcli to create the whole configuration or you can alternively use the lio utils tcm_* and lio_* directly.
You have to install Template:Package AUR from AUR and the dependencies. The config shell creates most names and numbers for you automatically, but you can als provide your own settings. At any point in the shell you can type Template:Codeline in order to see what commands you can issue here.
You then create an iSCSI Qualified Name (iqn) and a target portal group (tpg) with Template:Cli
In order to tell LIO that your block device should get used as backstore for the target you issue Template:Cli
Then you need to create a portal, making a daemon listen for incoming connections: Template:Cli Targetcli will tell you the IP and port where LIO is listening for incoming connections. You will need at least the IP for the clients. The port should be the standard port 3260.
In another root shell you issue this command: Template:Command Instead of Template:Codeline you have to use the iqn that was created for (or by) you. The Template:Codeline stands for the 1st tpg, which is called Template:Codeline in the example.
In order for a client/initiator to connect you still need to include the iqn of the initiator in the target configuration: Template:Cli Instead of Template:Codeline you use the iqn of an initiator. You have to do this for every initiator that needs to connect. Targetcli will automatically map the created lun to the newly created acl.
Using (plain) LIO utils
You have to install Template:Package AUR from AUR and the dependencies.
Setup with iSCSI Enterprise Target
Create the Target
Modify /etc/iet/ietd.conf accordingly
Hard Drive Target
Target iqn.2010-06.ServerName:desc Lun 0 Path=/dev/sdX,Type=blockio
File based Target
Use "dd" to create a file of the required size, this example is 10GB.
dd if=/dev/zero of=/root/os.img bs=1G count=10
Target iqn.2010-06.ServerName:desc Lun 0 Path=/root/os.img,Type=fileio
Start server services
rc.d start iscsi-target
Also you can "iscsi-target" to DAEMONS in /etc/rc.conf so that it starts up during boot.
- iSCSI Boot Booting Arch Linux with / on an iSCSI target.