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An iSCSI Initator Configuration Tool for BladeCenter Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127310D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) Initiators must be configured to find iSCSI Targets on an Internet Protocol(IP) Network. They must also be configured with Logical Unit Number(LUN) information to find and access the correct logical volumes on the Target. This configuration involves multiple parameters of many bytes each. If the user is forced to enter these parameters for each Initiator the process can be very time consuming. Entering the parameters once and then replicating them among multiple Initiators may save some effort, but just entering all the parameters once is time consuming, and the replication will require some modification of addresses etc. This disclosure describes a Configuration Wizard Tool that simplifies the effort required to configure a set of Initiators accessing a Target.

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An iSCSI Initator Configuration Tool for BladeCenter

     The Configuration Wizard Tool described here is used in a system containing iSCSI Targets and iSCSI Initiators. The system administrator configures the Targets using some means independent of this disclosure. After configuring the Targets, the administrator needs to configure the Initiators to use the Targets. Without the Wizard, the administrator can re-enter the configuration information from the Targets on the Initiators or enter the configuration information on one Initiator and replicate with modifications to many Initiators.

     The Wizard described here retrieves configuration information from iSCSI Targets and saves it in a database. The Wizard can retrieve the information using multiple methods such as emulating a user's input on the Target's Command Line Interface (CLI) or communicating with the Target using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The Wizard also scans the operating environment for systems that could potentially be iSCSI Initiators. The Wizard can determine if a device could potentially be an Initiator using methods such as those mentioned above or other proprietary methods.

     Then, the Wizard presents a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows a user to assign potential Initiators to logical volumes on a Target generating all the configuration parameters required by the Initiator. The Wizard uses the Target information retrieved earlier to generate the parameters required by the Initi...