RHCE Series: Configure a system as an iSCSI initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target.

Creating an iscsi target isn't part of the RHCE objectives, but I'll show my commands here so that you can create your own target for testing.

[[email protected] ~]# yum -y install scsi-target-utils
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirrors.versaweb.com
* extras: mirror.rackspace.com
* updates: mirrors.greenmountainaccess.net
scsi-target-utils.x86_64 0:1.0.24-2.el6


[[email protected] ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/targetfs bs=1M count=512
512+0 records in
512+0 records out
536870912 bytes (537 MB) copied, 15.153 s, 35.4 MB/s

[[email protected] ~]# vim /etc/tgt/targets.conf
[[email protected] ~]# tail -4 /etc/tgt/targets.conf

backing-store /targetfs

[[email protected] ~]# service tgtd start
Starting SCSI target daemon: [ OK ]
[[email protected] ~]# chkconfig tgtd on
[[email protected] ~]# tgtadm --mode target --op show
Target 1: iqn.
System information:
Driver: iscsi
State: ready
I_T nexus information:
LUN information:
LUN: 0
Type: controller
SCSI ID: IET 00010000
SCSI SN: beaf10
Size: 0 MB, Block size: 1
Online: Yes
Removable media: No
Prevent removal: No
Readonly: No
Backing store type: null
Backing store path: None
Backing store flags:
LUN: 1
Type: disk
SCSI ID: IET 00010001
SCSI SN: beaf11
Size: 537 MB, Block size: 512
Online: Yes
Removable media: No
Prevent removal: No
Readonly: Yes
Backing store type: rdwr
Backing store path: /targetfs
Backing store flags:
Account information:
ACL information:

Once you have your target created. You can get to the actual portion of the RHCE objective. The first thing that you'll need to do is make sure that the iscsi initiator utilities are installed.

[[email protected] ~]# yum -y install iscsi-initiator-utils
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: centos.mirror.constant.com
* extras: mirror.trouble-free.net
* updates: mirror.flhsi.com
Running Transaction
Installing : iscsi-initiator-utils- 1/1
Verifying : iscsi-initiator-utils- 1/1

iscsi-initiator-utils.x86_64 0:


Now, you're ready to start playing with iscsi!

[[email protected] ~]# iscsiadm -m discovery -t sendtargets -p
Starting iscsid: [ OK ],1 iqn.
[[email protected] ~]# chkconfig iscsid --list
iscsid 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

The iscsid service is controlled by the iscsi service. iscsid controls iscsi communications and iscsi automatically logs in and out of targets.

Once a target is discovered, it will be remembered. You can see your known targets with:

iscsiadm -m node -o show

[[email protected] ~]# service iscsi start
Starting iscsi: [ OK ]
[[email protected] ~]# dmesg | tail -20
libcxgbi:ddp_setup_host_page_size: system PAGE 4096, ddp idx 0.
Chelsio T3 iSCSI Driver cxgb3i v2.0.0 (Jun. 2010)
iscsi: registered transport (cxgb3i)
Chelsio T4 iSCSI Driver cxgb4i v0.9.1 (Aug. 2010)
iscsi: registered transport (cxgb4i)
cnic: Broadcom NetXtreme II CNIC Driver cnic v2.5.10 (March 21, 2012)
Broadcom NetXtreme II iSCSI Driver bnx2i v2.7.2.2 (Apr 26, 2012)
iscsi: registered transport (bnx2i)
iscsi: registered transport (be2iscsi)
scsi2 : iSCSI Initiator over TCP/IP
scsi 2:0:0:0: RAID IET Controller 0001 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
scsi 2:0:0:1: Direct-Access IET VIRTUAL-DISK 0001 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
sd 2:0:0:1: [sda] 1048576 512-byte logical blocks: (536 MB/512 MiB)
sd 2:0:0:1: [sda] Write Protect is on
sd 2:0:0:1: [sda] Mode Sense: 49 00 80 08
sd 2:0:0:1: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
sda: unknown partition table
sd 2:0:0:1: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
scsi 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 12
sd 2:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[[email protected] ~]# chkconfig iscsi on

To make sure that your iscsi drives are mounted persistent on each boot, you'll need to make sure that the iscsi service starts at boot.

As you can see, my iscsi presented drive is sda. From here, the drive is handled just like you would any other drive - fdisk, mkfs, mount, and add it to the /etc/fstab.

[[email protected] ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 536 MB, 536870912 bytes
17 heads, 61 sectors/track, 1011 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1037 * 512 = 530944 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000