Mounting an iSCSI Share in Windows

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Scope

This article explains how to mount a Datto iSCSI share in Windows. The iSCSI share can be a production share or a mounted file restore on either a SIRIS or Datto NAS.

You can mount an iSCSI share with Mac and Linux or even use it as a datasource for a virtual machine. These instructions are an example of how to mount the share using Windows.

Procedure

As an alternative to this procedure, you can use the simpler Windows Direct Restore Utility.

There are two main parts to this procedure. First, you need to find the iSCSI target address. Second, you need to use the IP address for the Datto and the target address to mount the iSCSI share in Windows.

Obtaining the iSCSI Target

If you want to mount the iSCSI share from a Datto NAS, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Remote Web interface for the Datto NAS.
  2. Click on the Shares tab. Then, find the share that you want to connect to.


    Figure 1 - iSCSI target address

  3. Copy and paste the iSCSI target address, as shown in Figure 1.

Mounting the iSCSI Target in Windows

To mount the iSCSI target on a Windows machine , follow these steps:

  1. On the Windows machine, search for and launch iSCSI Initiator, as shown in Figure 2.


    Figure 2 - iSCSI Initiator Program

  2. In the iSCSI Initiator program, enter the IP address for the Datto NAS into the Target field, as shown in Figure 3. Then, click Quick Connect.


    Figure 3 - Datto NAS IP Address

  3. In the Quick Connect window, click on the target that you want to connect to. Then, click Connect.


    Figure 4 - Quick Connect

  4. The first time you mount the share, you will need to initialize and format it for use in Windows. To do so, start the Disk Management program.
  5. You will see the Initialization window, as shown in Figure 5. Click OK.


    Figure 5 - Initialize Disk

  6. Next, format the disk. Right click on the Disk volume for the share, and then choose a volume formatting option.


    Figure 6 - Disk Management

You can then access the iSCSI share as a drive in Computer.


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