Business Storage NAS - How to connect an iSCSI initiator in Windows to the Business Storage NAS iSCSI target

Provides instructions for installing and connecting to the iSCSI initiator service in Windows.

To connect Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 to the Seagate Business NAS iSCSI target, please follow this procedure:

First, please download and install the appropriate version of iSCSI Initiator for your Windows computer.

Next, open the iSCSI Initiator from the Windows Start menu.

Windows XP:

  1. Click on the Windows Start menu, then select All Programs.
  2. Select iSCSI Initiator in the list.

Windows Vista/7:

  1. Click on the Windows Start menu, then type iscsi initiator in the Search programs and files box.
  2. Click on the iSCSI Initiator icon under Programs.

Windows 8 and 8.1:

  1. From the tile view, type iscsi initiator and Windows will automatically search it.
  2. Click on the iSCSI Initiator icon under Programs.


The Microsoft iSCSI dialog box appears.

  1. Click on Yes to start the iSCSI service every time the system boots.

  2. Click on Yes to unblock the iSCSI service from the Windows Firewall.


    The iSCSI Initiator Properties window displays.
  3. Select the Discovery tab and select Add Portal.

  4. Enter the IP address of the Business NAS and click OK.

    The default port 3260 will already be set.

  5. Select the Targets tab.
    Select Refresh.
    Select the iSCSI target and click on the Log on... button.

    The Log On to Target window displays.
  6. Check the Automatically restore this connection when the computer starts box and click OK to close the window.

  7. Right-click on (My) Computer and select Manage.
    (Windows 8: Press Windows key + X, then select Computer Management.)
  8. Select Disk Management.
    The Initialize Disk dialog box may display. For anything larger than 2TB choose GPT, if it is less than 2TB choose MBR.
  9. Now that the disk is initialized right-click on the Unallocated space and format the drive using the New Simple Volume Wizard.

    Once formatted, the drive will appear as a drive letter within (My) Computer or Windows/File Explorer and is now ready to be used.