In our previous guide, we got to install and configure iSCSI Target in Windows Server 2019. As you know, the target will be useless unless initiators take advantage of them. We are thus going to configure an initiator to connect to the ready target.

Step 1: Open Server Manager

Server Manager start

Step 2: Click on Tools and choose “iSCSI Initiator”

iSCSI Initiator opening via tools 2

A small pop-up window will come up. Click on “Yes” to iSCSI service run by default and proceed to “iSCSI Initiator Properties” wizard that results.

iSCSI Initiator small pop up

Step 3: Key in the IP Address of Target Server

iSCSI Initiator Properties window opens up as shown below:

iSCSI Initiator properties pop up

Key in IP Address of iSCSI Target Server and click on “Quick Connect

iSCSI Initiator properties ip set for quick connect

Step 4: iSCSI Target Discovered

Once you clicked on “Quick Connect“, your target, though inactive, should be discovered as shown below. Click on “Done“.

iSCSI Initiator properties quick connect pop up

Step 5: Highlight discovered target and connect

Click on the discovered target and click on “Connect“.

iSCSI Initiator properties highlighted target

Step 6: Click Advanced to set advanced settings

iSCSI Initiator properties connect to target pop up after advanced settings done

On the advanced settings window, you have four options you can use for authentications as can be seen on the window. We are going to use CHAP in this guide. Check the CHAP box then input your username and password that we set in the target earlier then press enter key.

iSCSI Initiator properties connect to target pop up advanced tab window

Step 7: Click on “OK” after the previous step

After you hit enter, the familiar “Connect to Target” pop-up results as shown below. Just click on “OK

iSCSI Initiator properties connect to target pop up

Step 8: Connect to the Target

After step 7, the status should change to connected as shown below.

iSCSI Initiator properties status connected

Step 9: Configuring the connected disk in disk manager

Open the disk manager to confirm and configure the new connected device if it exists. Right-click windows start icon and select “Disk Management“.

iSCSI Initiator open disk management

Step 10: Make Disk come online

Once disk management is up, you will notice that the added device is offline and in unknown states. To change this, right-click where you see the label of the disk and choose “online” option as illustrated below.

iSCSI Initiator disk manager making target online

Step 11: Initialize Disk

Step 10 makes the disk come online but still remains in an uninitialized state. To initialize, right-click on it as before and new items will appear. Select the first option that is “Initialize Disk“.

iSCSI Initiator disk manager initialize disk

You should end up with something like below. You will notice that the disk is still unallocated. It is now obvious what we have to do. And that is to create a new simple volume.

iSCSI Initiator disk manager disk online and initialized

Step 12: Create a new simple volume.

Right-click on the unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume“. That should bring up a “New Simple Volume Wizard“.

iSCSI Initiator disk manager create new simple volume

Step 13: Follow the Wizard to the end

After the Wizard starts, it is simple to follow to the end as illustrated in the screenshots below.

new simple volume wizard
new simple volume wizard 2
new simple volume wizard 3
new simple volume wizard 4
new simple volume wizard 5

The disk is finally “Online” and Healthy with a disk letter as shown below.

iSCSI Initiator disk manager disk online and initialized and blue ready to be used

Step 13: Confirm the Disk is available from the file manager

our disk in file manager whoo


We have successfully managed to connect our iSCSI initiator to the iSCSI Target. Next, we are going to use iSCSI initiator and connect to our Target Server.

Finally, check out on the following similar previous guides below:

Install and Configure NFS Server on Windows Server 2019

Install and Configure NFS Client on Windows Server 2019

Install and Configure IIS Web Server on Windows Server 2019

How To Install SSL Certificate on IIS Web Server

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