iSCSI Initiator for VMware ESX


  • VMware ESX 6.5 or later using Virtual Machine compatibility 6.5 with VMFS 6.

iSCSI Discovery and Multipath Device Setup:

  1. From vSphere, open the Storage Adapters, on the Configuration tab. Right click on the iSCSI Software Adapter and select Properties.
  2. In the General tab click the “Advanced” button and in the “Advanced Settings” set RecoveryTimeout to 25.
  3. If CHAP was setup on the iSCSI gateway, in the General tab click the “CHAP…” button. If CHAP is not being used, skip to step 4.
  4. On the CHAP Credentials windows, select “Do not use CHAP unless required by target”, and enter the “Name” and “Secret” values used on the initial setup for the iSCSI gateway, then click on the “OK” button.
  5. On the Dynamic Discovery tab, click the “Add…” button, and enter the IP address and port of one of the iSCSI target portals. Click on the “OK” button.
  6. Close the iSCSI Initiator Properties window. A prompt will ask to rescan the iSCSI software adapter. Select Yes.
  7. In the Details pane, the LUN on the iSCSI target will be displayed. Right click on a device and select “Manage Paths”.
  8. On the Manage Paths window, select “Most Recently Used (VMware)” for the policy path selection. Close and repeat for the other disks.

Now the disks can be used for datastores.