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In this article, I show you how to set up a QNAP NAS unit to handle the ISCI target function for backing up a LaCie 5Big Office+.  Read on for details.

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In this article, I show you how to set up a QNAP NAS unit to handle the ISCI target function for backing up a LaCie 5Big Office+.  We’ll set up the QNAP NAS to be he ISCSI target and then show you how to configure the LaCie in the next article.

The LaCie 5big Office + runs Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, so many Server 2008 R2 technologies are available. In this case, we’ll leverage the ISCSI Initiator technology to establish a link to a QNAP NAS running TurboNAS 3.7 and configure the LaCie to back up to the QNAP.

This process is very similar to the one that I followed when I brought you my two-part ISCSI series a few weeks back, but instead of connecting a virtualized Server 2012 Essentials box, we’ll connect the LaCi 5big Office +. As a refresher, here are my prior two articles:

ISCSI Setup Series Part One: QNAP TurboNAS 3.7 Configuration

ISCSI Setup Series Part Two: Server 2012 Essentials Configuration

Most of the QNAP configuration will be unchanged, but I’ll step through the process for you. Please note that since this is in a test lab environment, I will skip the authentication steps throughout. This of course is not a best practice for you to emulate in a production environment. Ready? Let’s go!

Hardware Used

I have a QNAP TS-419 P II NAS unit connected via ethernet to my home network.  The QNAP is running TurboNAS 3.7 and is using 8TB of drives in a RAID5 configuration.  I also have a LaCie 5big Office + NAS unit, running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, and this unit has a 10TB RAID5 implemented.

Configuration of the QNAP

We need to do some work to configure the QNAP to act as an ISCSI target.  The steps are activating ISCSI, creating the target, and setting up the server application to use the target.  First, log into the administrative panel of the QNAP.

Click on Disk Management and then ISCSI. Select Enable iSCSI Target Service. Click Apply.

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Click OK as we’ll take care of that setting in a later step.

Click Target Management, OK to start the wizard. Select iSCSI Target with a mapped LUN. Click Next.

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The ISCSI Quick Configuration Wizard launches.  Click Next.

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Give it a name and an alias. Click Next.

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In Part Two of my ISCSI Setup Series, I show you how to set up an ISCSI storage source and put it to good use in Server 2012 Essentials.  Read on for details.

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In Part One of the ISCSI Setup Series, I showed you how to set up an ISCSI target in QNAP’s TurboNAS 3.7.  In Part Two, I show you how to configure and use that target in Server 2012 Essentials.

Hardware Used

I have a QNAP TS-419 P II NAS unit connected via ethernet to my home network. The QNAP is running TurboNAS 3.7 and is using 8TB of drives in a RAID5 configuration. I also have an HP HPE490t Elite desktop, with a motherboard that supports virtualization. I have activated the virtualization option in the HP’s BIOS. Windows 7 and WIndows 8 Consumer Preview are both loaded in a dual-boot configuration.  Hyper-V is loaded on the Windows 8 OS and Server 2012 Essentials is loaded inside Hyper-V as a virtual machine.

Setup on Server 2012 Essentials

Get the settings charm to come up, right click on Settings and then click on Control Panel.

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Choose System and Security.  Click on Administrative Tools.

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Choose iSCSI Initiator.

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Since we skipped CHAP authentication, we’ll just use Quick Connect. Put in the IP information for the QNAP unit and click Quick Connect. The target that we created on the QNAP appears. Select it and click Done.

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Intelisan’s Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 3.0.2.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Version 3.0.0.2:

    1. updated due to a packaging problem

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Intelisan’s Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 3.0.1.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Version 3.0.0.1:

    1. XEN Server iSCSI support
    2. Cosmetics changes in NAS+SAN tab
    3. VMWare/ESX iSCSI support
    4. Ability to change Disk names using properties menu to help with disk identification
    5. More user friendly iSCSI Expansion tab menus
    6. Mouse over text corrections for tabs and pie chart
    7. Initiator status now shows part of the initiator name when connected or logged in.
    8. Ability to widen or shorten the columns of all the tabs
    9. Improved Initiator Connect-Disconnect popup appearance
    10. New Licensing method (Web based activation)
    11. Inquiry command passes volume name to initiator. Easier identification of iSCSI disks in Initiator
    12. Automatic daily Configuration Backup
    13. Block 1G-Stripe volume creation
    14. iSCSI Performance tuning related to Windows-7
    15. Automatic software update notification

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Intelisan’s Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 3.0.0.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Version 3.0.0.0:

  • XEN Server iSCSI support
  • Cosmetic changes in NAS+SAN tab
  • VMWare/ESX iSCSI support

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B.J. from Intelisan has been in touch to tell us that their Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 2.0.0.6 and it’s the release candidate.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Some of the changes in this version are:

Improvements:
1-    Improved error recovery for Failed Disks
2-    Automatic detection of new disks
3-    VMWare/ESX iSCSI support
4-    Online Help updates
Fixes:
5-    Corrections in pie chart % calculations

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B.J. from Intelisan has been in touch to tell us that their Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 2.0.0.5.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Some of the changes in this version are:

Improvements in GUI:

1- Progress bar for iSCSI Expansion tab

2- Name changes: Snapspace management, Rescan Disks

3- Added Max size to Volumes create popup

4- More clear disk name, location, and status

Fixes:

5- To correct disk Add when all disks were not initialized

6- To correct mirror volume delete

7- Better error handling after disk failures

8- To correct GUI issues with no disks in the system

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B.J. from Intelisan has been in touch to tell us that their Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 2.0.0.4.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Some of the changes in this version are:

1- Major improvement to Disk Pooling / Drive Extender. With this change, you can create one storage pool, and serve iSCSI or NAS volumes from the same storage pool. Only one disk is needed for both NAS and SAN volumes.

2- Combining all LDisk tabs under one main Tab to simplify use of the product.

3- Adding ability to create Raid-0, Raid-1 volumes for SAN or NAS in addition to normal volumes.

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B.J. from Intelisan has been in touch to tell us that their Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 2.0.0.3.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

At the moment there are no prices available for either the WHS V1 add-in or the WHS 2011 add-in. They are offering a 30 free trial for now.

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B.J. from Intelisan has been in touch to tell us about a new WHS add-in they have developed called LDisk which adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

– iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

– IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

– iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

– Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

– Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

– Supports all Internal or external drives

– Drive Extender for WHS 2011

– Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

At the moment there are no prices available for either the WHS V1 add-in or the WHS 2011 add-in. They are offering a 30 free trial for now.

[button link=”http://intelisan.com/ldisk.html” style=”info” window=”yes”]Learn more from the Intelisan website[/button]

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QNAP recently updated the TurboNAS firmware that they us to version 3.5.  I told you about that here.  One of the interesting features is setting up a ISCSI target to use with virtual machines.  Read on for details!

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This is the first in a series of articles about the Turbo NAS v3.5 firmware.  QNAP was good enough to lend me two units to review and I used a TS-459 Pro+ for this post.  Stay tuned for more on the Turbo NAS over the next week or so.

Here is how QNAP describes ISCSI:

What is iSCSI and how can one benefits from it?

iSCSI, (Internet Small Computer System Interface), an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities. By carrying SCSI commands over IP networks, iSCSI is used to facilitate data transfers over intranets and to manage storage over long distances. iSCSI can be used to transmit data over local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), or the Internet and can enable location-independent data storage and retrieval. (quoted from Wikipedia)

An all-in-one storage solution with high ability of expansion and low establishment cost is alway seeked by most SMB storage infrastructure planners who have budget concerns and overall ease of delpoyment. With the iSCSI service on QNAP Turbo NAS it can instantly be served as your storage expansion or backup destination of the application servers, such as database server, mail server, or Time Machine (for Mac OS X 10.5 or later) in the business environment. This article demonstrates how you can use the iSCSI target service on QNAP NAS for storage expansion on different operating systems. See below for the usage scenario.

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This means that you can establish a storage array in a cabinet separate from the main computer and connect to it using ethernet cabling.  That really comes in handy when setting up virtualized solutions as you can set up storage separate from the server and communicate with the storage solution over regular ethernet rather than the expensive cabling that used to be required.

Setting this up is pretty easy.

Log in and you get this screen.

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Click on Disk Management.

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Click on ISCSI Target.  Enable the ISCSI target service and note the port used (3260 here).

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This week we had the first review of the RipNet add-in for Windows Home Server and Media Center from Tranquil, and late last night Tranquil announced that they were giving away the WHS add-in free of charge.

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Our in depth hands on review can be found here.

Ok, so what does this mean? Well, the RipNet package you buy from Tranquil contains a Media Center component, an iSCSI component and a Windows Home Server component. Some people have commented that they use different software to do elements of what RipNet can do and thus it is expensive, so Tranquil has listened, and are giving the Windows Home Server add-in away for free.

So if you already have the other components then all you need is the free add-in and you are sorted. Just remember though, if you don’t already have those other elements then you will need to get them.

Here is what Tranquil are saying:

RipNet, the rather nice and easy to use iSCSI based service, that transforms the way you can rip your CD / DVD / Blu-Ray discs directly from your Media Centre to your Windows Home Server (running a suitable ripping service, such as My Movies for Home Server, or AVA Media for Home Server) without having to leave your lounge, is now available – as we have already posted.

Learn more about the full version here

This post is to share with you that Tranquil, the company behind the AVA Media brand, are releasing the Windows Home Server Add In for free to any user that may already have a suitable iSCSI target on another PC/Server.

Of course the Add In (RipNet) could also be used to take advantage of an a second server / PC on the LAN  serving up an iSCSI target – as a new HDD or CD/DVD drive.  If the iSCSI target was a HDD or array of HDDs, this of course could be a very neat way to backup HUGE files / folders from the WHS machine to a second machine – using very fast and reliable iSCSI technology.  The network HDD / array should be seen as a ‘local’ HDD on the WHS machine.

To request a free copy of the WHS Add In – just drop a quick email to free.iscsi@tranquilpc.co.uk, with the word ‘FREE’ in the subject field

Enjoy

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