Starwind is one company that makes available a free version of its SAN product with some limitations, but these are in no way restrictive to create a shared iSCSI SAN for clustering purpose and can be fairly used within a DEV, TEST, SOHO or for internal non-production use with ease.
Here I am going to talk to you about creating a viable SAN for such use. This can be installed over a Windows 2003 or a Windows 2008 server.
- Windows 2008 or 2003 (if it is 2003 then the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator needs to be installed which can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center)
- 100G of free HDD space or a Second HDD is much better
- Two network Interfaces
NetworkCard1 : 192.168.2.100
NetworkCard2 : 192.168.2.51
These IP's can be of your choice as per your requirements.
Starwind software free can be downloaded from http://www.starwindsoftware.com/download-starwind-free and you will need to regester so that the license file is sent to you. This license file needs to be copied to the above server.
Software file - starwind.exe
License key file - licensekey.swk
- If using a Windows 2003 server then download Initiator-2.08-build3825-x86fre.exe from Microsoft's download center.
First install the iSCSI Initiator if Windows 2003 and make sure that the service is started and set to automatic for both Windows 2003/8 servers.
Double click the starwind.exe file and follow the screen prints.
A desktop icon will be created. Double click it to Initialise your SAN.
Click Host -> Registrations -> Install License and then browse to the license file and load it.
To connect to this disk from a client system click here. http://sudhakarbellamkonda.blogspot.com/2012/01/microsoft-windows-iscsi-san-clusters-2.html