Monday, September 21, 2009

Openfiler on Hyper-V

It's pretty cool to build a virtual iSCSI SAN built on RAID array of Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) using Hyper-V. Download the ISO image of Openfiler and create a new VM to be installed from this image. Something to note for OpenFiler + Hyper-V combo: (1) choose text based installation on OpenFiler; (2) use only virtual IDE hard disks (OpenFiler doesn't detect iSCSI on Hyper-V); (3) use legacy network adaptor on Hyper-V settings. As for the rest, follow this installation guide (which used VMWare ESX instead). After setting up a iSCSI target on OpenFiler, use iSCSI initiator on Windows 2008 to connect and initialize the virtual storage on "Computer Management" as shown below.

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