Configuring the AIX iSCSI software initiator

Ensure that you follow all the steps to set up the host server and configure the AIX iSCSI software initiator.

Follow the steps for setting up the host server.

Install the AIX software initiator on your AIX host if it is not already installed.
  1. To verify that the file set devices.iscsi_sw.rte is installed, use the lslpp -l command.
  2. If necessary, install the interim fix for the system Object Data Manager (ODM) stanzas.
The software initiator is configured by using the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT). To configure the software initiator, follow these steps:
  1. Select Devices.
  2. Select iSCSI.
  3. Select iSCSI Protocol Device.
  4. Select Change / Show Characteristics of an iSCSI Protocol Device. Select the device that is associated with the software iSCSI initiator, such as iscsi0.
  5. Verify that the Initiator Name value is correct. The initiator name value is used by the iSCSI target during login. The name must match the iSCSI name that was set for the system host object that is associated with this host.
    Note: A default initiator name is assigned when the software is installed. You can change the initiator name to match the local network naming conventions.
  6. The Maximum Targets Allowed field corresponds to the maximum number of iSCSI targets that can be configured. If you reduce this number, you also reduce the amount of network memory that is preallocated for the iSCSI protocol driver during configuration.