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iSCSI is an acronym for Internet Small Computer Systems Interface, an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities. It provides block-level access to storage devices by carrying SCSI commands over a TCP/IP network.

  • An initiator functions as an iSCSI client.
  • An iSCSI target is often a dedicated network-connected hard disk storage device. Typically a NAS or a SAN.

Refer to you NAS documentation to create iSCSI drives.

Initiator installation

To be able to use iSCSI drive you need to install open-iscsi.

sudo apt install open-iscsi


Configuration file could be located at /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf or ~/.iscsid.conf ( sudo less /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf ), but you can do mostly everything using iscsiadm.


sudo iscsiadm --mode discovery -t sendtargets --portal
sudo iscsiadm --mode node --targetname --portal --login

Identifying partition with NTFS file system

sudo fdisk -l | grep NTFS

Create a folder for mount point.

sudo mkdir /mnt/iscsi-ntfs

Mount the disk with

sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdc1 /mnt/iscsi-ntfs