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Having never worked with iSCSI before, I am about to start playing about with creating some iSCSI devices and making them available to a Windows network.
Just wondering if there are any thoughts on the best distro to use for this, my thoughts at the moment are either openSUSE, CentOS or Debian as these seem the most suitable for a server environment but open to any suggestions.
I found open-iscsi to be an exercise in frustration as the initiator. Hopefully the tgt package is better.
Also, if you are using it on a LAN, I recommend setting up a vlan between the target and initiator(s) if you have a proper switch that actually supports iSCSI. A plain crossover cable will be fine too.
Finally, check to see that all ports are running full 1Gbs. Ethtool is good for this. I had one setup with an old cable that refused to run at Gigabit until I changed that cable.